Part of Graves County Sheriff's Capt. Jeremy Prince's job is to patrol the streets looking for runaways.
"Especially when you're looking at teenagers, it boils down to, 'I don't like what I have to deal with at home,'" Prince said.
He said that's one of two reasons kids leave home. Sheriff Dewayne Redmon said the start of school is also a troubling time. "A lot of kids will have altercations at school that they don't want to go to school, so basically they end up running away," Redmon said.
In every case, deputies enter their name into a national database. Depending on the age and if deputies think the child may be in danger, Redmon said more resources are used, including an immediate ground search. "You've got an 8 year old or 9 year old out here that's run away, he's probably not going to know where to go and very easily could get hurt," Redmon told Local 6.
Redmon said the public's interest often leads to the child being found unharmed. Prince said it's better to be safe than sorry, so he urges you to call in anything suspicious, including noticing a child out alone during school hours.
"Their parent may not be home or their guardian may be at work and not know that they're gone or missing," Prince said.