Missing 11-Year-Old Mankato Boy Returns Home

UPDATE: Police say the missing boy has returned home.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Mankato officials are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 11-year-old boy.

Desmond Pickens, of Mankato, was reported missing by his mother. She said she last saw him at 6:30 p.m. Monday when he left their home without saying where he was going.

Police were called at 10:38 p.m. to report that Pickens never returned home.

He is described as 5-foot-6, 125 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing jeans and a green sweatshirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Mankato Department of Public Safety at 911.

  • Jim

    what mother/father/caregiver waits 4 hours to call police after an 11 YEAR OLD leaves?

    • Elizabetham

      He’s 11 probably has a 10 oclock curfew. This can easily happen.

    • charlotte

      My son is 11 and no matter what he knows he is in our door at 830pm. I also always know where he is. How can any parent not know where they went or at least have a idea? Hope he is safe.

      • jld

        I get what you’re saying, but honestly, it’s doubtful you ALWAYS know where he is…unless you’re with him or following him or have GPS on his phone then I would say you’re right. I agree they shouldn’t have waited so long and wonder why they did, but it really isn’t possible as far as I’m concerned, to always know where one’s child is or isn’t.

  • billy

    Wow! I have a 9 year old and bet your a$$ when he is 11 he won’t just be “walking” out the door not telling me where he is going and if he was gone for 1/2hr I would be looking for him!

  • Kim

    He’s 11 yo and 5 FEET 6 INCHES tall? Could he actually be 4’6″?

    • Edd

      Probably not at 125 pounds.
      More like 11 going in 16.

    • KS

      My 11 year old is also 5’6″. It happens.

  • sigh...

    Ah yes. Physical violence for what is often attributed outbursts due to disorders or a reaction to..parental abuse. Either way, beating children is the best way of “fixing them”.

    I’m sure you were a great father…

  • BOB

    Damn Straight.

  • lisa

    My daughter is 6 1/2 years old. I have not let her out of my sight yet. Not even for a second. I live in an appartment that has 9 buildings, with 2 parks, 2 ponds, and a large public mall within walking distance. There are all ages of kids without parents constantly outside. Todays world was not the same as when I was a kid. I was ‘one of those’ who ran the streets, no one ever asked where I went or what I did. Ever… Just cannot understand todays parents who do… Just like I couldn’t understand back then how my mother could of let me… :-/ Just sayin…

    • jld

      We don’t know the whole story; it’s obvious there are parts missing…typical sensationalism in the news. I applaud you for apparently having never lost sight of your daughter in 6 1/2 years, but you’re not doing anyone any favors by being a helicopter parent. While I understand what you’re saying, there is no way possible that you know 24/7 where your daughter is and what she’s up to…

  • m

    he left the house without saying where he was going? where was he?
    He wasted the Police officers time. shame on him and his mother for not disciplinig him. shes too busy to watch him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He knows it too!!!!!

    • Think outside YOUR box!

      You think the mother is too busy to WATCH him? Lots of parents have watched as their child walked out the front door and ran away. Tell me how one would stop an 11 year old from taking off. If she had ran after him and restrained him she would have been charged with abuse. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Shame on our society…not the mother. If a parent does NOT notifty the authorities, the parent will have to answer to Human Services and will be charged with neglect. If the parent DOES notify the authorities, they send out the entire rescue team wasting everyone’s time and resources and embarrassing the family. Why is it that when a child chooses to run away, we can’t just let them stew until they are ready to return on their own? As for the thought that the parent should discipline this child….we all know Human Services wouldn’t allow that. Why doesn’t law enforcement make these kids do community service hours to pay back part of the community resources they wasted? If you have never been blessed with a runaway child, climb off your high and mighty horse, see it for what it really is, and count yourself lucky!!

      • jld


  • lebrok

    Yes I agree people on crack should not have kids

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