“We want to try to clarify and speak of fact,” Pekin Police Chief John Dossey said.
As speculation continues to spread on social media about the whereabouts of 13-year-old Robert Bee, Jr., Pekin police discuss what they know so far.
“We’ve received approximately 30 tips and have followed up on every one. However, we have not had any leads which have confirmed sightings of Robert Bee since Nov. 18th,” he added.
Bee ran away from a truancy officer at his home on Sapp Street on Nov. 17. The officer returned the next day to issue another truancy ticket. Bee’s mother then reported him as a runaway.
But when asked if anyone saw bee between the two officer visits, “Those are all details we are trying to line up and get clarification on,” Det. Mike Eeten said.
That’s why the department has teamed up with Crime Stoppers to offer an incentive. Anyone with any information is asked to call 309-673-9000. You can remain anonymous.
“We are going to offer $1,000 reward for information that leads us to finding Robert Bee,” Det. Eeten said.
Pekin police have dedicated their entire investigations unit to the search but are being tight-lipped about certain search efforts.
They are asking the public to keep their eyes open for Bee and just stick to the facts.
“There’s a lot of stuff out on social media, a lot of misinformation. We want to try to update people as we can to make sure that they know what it is that we’re doing to look for this young man,” Det. Eeten said.
“Just because this is classified as a runaway does not mean that we treat this any differently than any other missing person case,” Chief Dossey added.
Pekin police said they cannot issue an Amber alert because they cannot confirm Bee was abducted.
Police have been able to put out a Missing and Endangered Person Advisory, which goes out across the state.
That advisory just went out Monday afternoon.