As the search for a missing 13-year-old boy enters its third week, city police ask the public to keep helping, but not too much.


Unsupervised search parties, especially in area woods, could damage any evidence they uncover and, in the midst of deer hunting season, endanger the searchers, Public Information Officer Mike Eeten said Friday.


The police department’s full team of detectives, however, investigates every one of the tips and “leads” they’ve received daily as they hunt for Robert Bee Jr., Eeten said.


“We received several more today,” he said. “We go out (to pursue) them, and several times a day we meet back and review” the results.


“There’s not a single thing we don’t follow up on,” Eeten said.


The department has offered a $1,000 reward through CrimeStoppers for information leading to Bee.


He ran from the home he shares with his mother at 233 Sapp St. on Nov. 17 when a truancy officer, accompanied by a police officer, arrived and told the boy he was taking him back to Wilson Grade School, which he attends. The officer was unable to stop or catch him before he disappeared into the south side neighborhood.


His mother reported Bee missing the next day when the truancy officer returned to serve her with an ordinance citation for her son’s latest failure to attend school.


The boy’s bicycle remained laying on his home’s front lawn this week. Attached to the fence bordering it was a sign stating simply, “We Love You.”


A growing number of people have traded theories, some bordering on accusations, across social media about the child’s whereabouts and possible fate.


“Some of it is not even remotely close to the facts” and evidence that detectives have managed to gather, Eeten said.


They have found nothing yet, he said, to indicate the boy may have been abducted, and that a countryside search for him is warranted.


The department on Friday issued a statement on its Facebook page to assure the public it’s devoting every resource possible to find Bee, and has enlisted the help of other area police agencies.


It asked for citizens not to organize their own search parties, and explained why release of any information it’s collected could harm its investigative efforts.


“We want the public to know we appreciate their support,” Eeten said.

They can call CrimeStoppers at 673-9000 or the department at 346-3132 with any information they think will help.

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