BOY, 12, VANISHES ON WAY TO SCHOOL IN SPRING VALLEY

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October 22, 2012 (Spring Valley) San Diego County Sheriff's Department wants your help in finding a missing juvenile. William Patrick Gear Jr., age 12, left his Spring Valley home in the 8700 block of Ildica Street around 8:15 this morning. He was on his way to La Presa Middle School on his blue BMX bicycle, but never arrived on campus.

Gear has no history of running away or any medical issues. He has never missed a day in school.  He was last seen wearing a gray, purple and white plaid flannel over a black T-shirt; skinny blue jeans; black, white and gray shoes and a black backpack. He's four feet, four inches tall, 90 pounds, with hazel eyes and blond hair.

Sheriff's Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers and the K-9 Unit have been activated. ASTREA is also overhead helping with the search. If you hear the helicopter making announcements overhead in your area, it is in connection with the search for the missing boy.

If you see Gear, please call the Sheriff's Department at (858) 565-5200 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.