Centerville boy found in Taylorsville

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CENTERVILLE, Utah (ABC 4 UTAH) – 12-year-old Deacon Phillips was found cold and wet by a Good Samaritan Friday night.

Police say Deacon Phillips got into a fight with his parents and left his south Centerville home.  

“He ran out the door without a jacket, shoes or socks,” says Sgt. Allen Ackerson with the Centerville Police Department. 

Phillips and his family has only lived in Centerville for three months. They moved from Salt Lake City. 

Friday night the Davis County Child Abduction Response Team was called in to help in the investigation.  Over 35 law enforcement officers searched for the child throughout the morning.  

“I don’t know of any behavioral problems or any history of that. I know there is not a history of running away,” Sgt. Ackerson added.


Phillips had no money or a cell phone. Police say a Good Samaritan found Phillips on the side of the road cold and wet from the rain. 

The man took him to buy new cloths and shoes at Kohls. Afterwards the boy asked him to drop him off in Taylorsville. 

“I know he was somewhere in the vicinity of some family members houses,” said Sgt. Ackerson. 

The man recognized the boy once the media broadcasted his disappearance and called police. 

“It is a little odd what he did but we are very thankful he did contact us once he realized that the boy he gave a ride to yesterday is the same boy that we have been looking for,” said Sgt. Ackerson. 

Phillips was picked up by the Department of Children and Families Services along with Detectives from the police department.

Officers involved in the case say Phillips was not harmed and did not need medical attention.

Phillips is now back at home with his parents. 

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