Cadaver dogs used in search for missing 12-year-old boy

DETROIT (WXYZ) - The parents of missing 12-year-old Charlie Bothuell V are hopeful their son is alive and safe despite the use of police cadaver dogs.

Charlie was reportedly last seen by his step-mother the evening of Saturday, June 14, at the family's residence on Nicolet Place near Rivard.

Once she realized the boy was missing, she notified his father, who was not at home at the time. Charlie's dad called 911.

Charlie's mother, who doesn't live very far away, was also called and they began to search the neighborhood.

Charlie's father, Charlie Bothuell IV, tells Action News that police had him take a polygraph examination Friday to rule him out as a possible suspect in his son's disappearance.

Bothuell says he completely understands that police need to rule out the parents as having any involvement in a child's disappearance. He says he just wants to find his son.

Thursday night, members of the Detroit Violent Crime Task Force, searched the father's home and vehicle for any clues into Charlie's disappearance. The home where Charlie's mom lives was also searched earlier this week.

Charlie is 5'-4" tall, weighs 120 lbs., with brown hair, brown eyes and dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a red t-shirt, black and gray pajama pants and a black and gray Phat Farm Jacket. Charlie has a good mental and physical condition.

Bothuell said his son took a computer from the house and he just learned that his son had opened up a Twitter account.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of 12-year-old Charlie is asked to call Detroit Police Department's Criminal Investigations Bureau at 313-596-1140.

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