Detroit Police provide update on missing 12-year-old Charlie Bothuell, not ruling out homicide


During an afternoon news conference Wednesday, Detroit Police Chief James Craig updated the investigation into the missing 12-year-old boy, Charlie Bothuell. He did indicate that evidence suggests that this is more than a serious missing case.

Charlie was last seen on June 14. Police say they are working with multiple agencies on this case. Chief Craig says they are not ruling out homicide at this time. Police are still asking for the public's help for tips and leads.

On Tuesday, a new twist in the case was revealed.

Polygraph tests for Charlie Bothuell's father have come back inconclusive. The child's stepmother declined to take the polygraph test.

She tells 7 Action News her attorney told her to decline the lie detector test because she did not think she would be treated fairly. 

The father and stepmother both say they feel like they have been treated like suspects.

Charlie was last seen at his dad’s house in the 1300 block of Nicolet Place.

He’s 5'-4" tall, weighs 120 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and dark complexion. 

He was last seen wearing a red shirt, black and gray pajama pants and a black and gray Phat Farm Jacket. 

Family has offered a $1000 reward for information that leads to his safe return.

If anyone has seen Charlie, please contact the Detroit Police Department's Criminal Investigations at 313-596-1140.


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