ATLANTIC CITY -Kevin Naim Benton, 9, who was last seen at 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday is back home this morning.

The family called police to say the boy was back home at 6:17 a.m.

There were no immediate details on how he got home or where he was.

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Police searched overnight for Benton, who was last seen at the Martin Luther King School complex in the city.

Police were first notified at about 4:15 p.m., and searched various buildings, neighborhoods, residential complexes, motels and youth centers in the city.

"Anywhere where a child would go," Sgt. Monica McMenamin said. In addition, police were concerned about the bad weather.

A recorded message was sent through the school district emergency phone system as well.

The voice of Superintendent Donna Haye was recorded alerting school employees to be on the lookout for the student. 

As of 11:30 p.m. police were still searching the area and residents and other volunteers were distributing fliers of  the missing boy.

Two police platoons were patrolling by 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

"Our shifts overlap for four hours which enables us to dedicate additional for the search," McMenamin said. The overlap ends at 2 a.m.

Additionally, Deputy Chief Joseph Nolan held officers from the earlier shift to continue with the search.

"We're doing everything we can to find him," Nolan said early Thursday morning.

 

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