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Tacoma police looking for 2 boys missing since Wednesday evening

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on Aug. 16, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
August 16, 2012 10:47 pm

Tacoma police are looking for Jeffery A. Zupan, 11, and Zabian T. Welcome, 9, who were last seen about 5 p.m. Wednesday.

They left Welcome’s home in the 5400 block of South Cedar Street, where they had been playing, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

“They were together and there was a little confrontation, disagreement with (a female caregiver), which apparently upset them and they both took off,” Fulghum said.

Both boys have apparently run away before, though not for as long or together, Fulghum said.
“With the temperatures being in the 90s (Thursday), it’s just time to get them back and get everybody reunited,” Fulghum said.

The two boys frequent Wapato Park and Skip Vaughn Park, police said.

Zupan is described as 4 feet, 9 inches and 85 pounds. He was last seen wearing khaki shorts, a colorful shirt and black hightops.

Welcome is described as 4 foot, 1 inch and 75 pounds. He was last seen wearing dark blue shorts.

“She always kept a very close eye on him and he was always in the

yard,” said neighbor Britni Benavidez of Welcome’s aunt. Benavidez
said she would sometimes watch the boy as he played with her siblings. ”Something is up, because he would always come back.”

Her mother, Dena Kotowski, said the children in the area frequently play with each other. Her eight-year-old son and Welcome are friends, she said.

“It’s a really good, quiet street. All the kids play together,” Kotowski said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Tacoma police at (253) 798-4722.

Jeffery A. Zupan
Zabian T. Welcome
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