Missing 11-year-old boy found safe in Piedmont area by bus driver, aide, sheriff’s office says

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UPDATE: Greenville County Sheriff’s Office officials said Kenny Newell, an 11-year-old boy who was reported as missing around midnight, was found safe approximately 30 minutes ago.

Lt. Ryan Flood said Newell was found on his bike by a bus driver and a bus aide near Stables and Lakeside Road in the Piedmont area.

“Kenny was located this morning at around 7:45 a.m. by a school bus driver who was on their route and recognized him from a media release,” Flood said.

On Monday, Greenville County Schools spokesperson Beth Brotherton identified the bus driver and aide as Carlos and Linda.

Carlos has been driving for the school system for four years and Linda has been his aide for two years.

“They driver a special needs route and are based out of the Donaldson Bus Center,” Brotherton said. “Their instincts and training kicked in allowing them to realize that he was not an ordinary child riding his bike to school, but rather a vulnerable young person in need of help.”


GREENVILLE Co., S.C. (WSPA) — Deputies are searching for an 11-year-old boy last seen riding a bicycle on Sunday evening. 

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said Kenny Newell was reported missing around midnight.

Deputies said Kenny left his home on Rosalee Drive near Piedmont around 6:40 p.m. Sunday. 

Kenny is 4 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 70 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red polo shirt, black pants and green Converse shoes. 

The sheriff’s office said deputies searched for the missing boy with the assistance of K-9’s, however the search was unsuccessful. 

Anyone who knows Kenny’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately.

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