CRIME
11/24/2014 08:48 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Avery Gales, Missing Child, May Have Run Off To Join Ferguson Protesters

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A 13-year-old boy who was reported missing may have left home to join the protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police have put out an Endangered Person Advisory for Avery Gales of Florissant, Missouri.

The report mentions that Gales is thought to have run away to join demonstrators in Ferguson.

Gales is described as "black, 5 feet 3 inches tall, 105 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes," according to the Post-Dispatch. Gales has been missing since Nov. 15.

Before Gales was reported missing, a boy who appears to match his description and who has the same name was featured in at least two stories covering the events in Ferguson.

An Aug. 22 story in the Washington Post says Gales was "fearlessly standing in the middle of busy traffic banging on a snare drum" on a Friday night.

"I’m with the Red West Drum Corps,” Gales told the Post. “We’re trying to get people to put down the guns and pick up the drums.”

In a photo that accompanied an Aug. 26 New York Times piece, a boy identified as Gales is shown "drumming for tips on Tuesday outside a restaurant in Ferguson, Mo., that was damaged during the protests last week."

Anyone with information on Gates' whereabouts is asked to call the St. Louis County Police at 314-616-4282.

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