2010-04-21 / For The Record

Police charge missing boy’s mother

By Elizabeth Billips

Joyce Moyer Joyce Moyer A Waynesboro mother who sent police on a massive hunt for her missing son will have to answer to a judge.

Joyce Moyer, 32, is charged with reckless conduct for the circumstances surrounding her son’s “disappearance.” Waynesboro police investigators say she is also charged with obstructing a law enforcement officer for her attempts to “mislead” police.

Officers were originally dispatched to Briarwood Apartments around 4 a.m. on April 3 after Moyer reported she hadn’t seen her 5- year-old son since 1 a.m. when she went to bed and left him sleeping on the couch. According to the original report, Moyer said she’d been searching for him since 2:15 a.m. when her boyfriend came home and noticed he was missing.

“She told us that her child was at home and he wasn’t,” Investigator Claude Wade said. “She wasn’t even at home.”

After a door-todoor search of the complex and surrounding neighborhood, the boy was found asleep at a neighbor’s house around 6:30 a.m.

Moyer’s story came under fire almost immediately when a number of residents stepped forward to say the boy hadn’t gone home that night and was riding his bicycle around the complex and asking for food as late as 12:30 a.m. Other neighbors told police Moyer had been out all night and that they’d seen her come home at 3:30 a.m.

Police say Moyer was be arrested at the Richmond County Jail where she was being held on an unrelated charge for possession of cocaine.

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