Age-enhanced photo published of boy missing for 10 years

2014-04-10T12:04:00Z 2014-04-11T09:53:07Z Age-enhanced photo published of boy missing for 10 yearsBy PATRICK SIMONAITIS Casper Star-Tribune The Billings Gazette

CASPER, Wyo. — The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has released a new age-enhanced photo of Justin Harris, who went missing in Casper on Feb. 15, 2004.

Harris, a blond-haired, green-eyed boy, disappeared at the age of 13. He was initially believed to be a runaway from the R.L. Mills Home, a center for troubled youths. His bed had been stuffed with clothes, making it appear as though he was still in the bed.

Multiple search efforts were unsuccessful, however, and Casper police later treated the boy's disappearance as a possible kidnapping.

There are no new leads in the case, according to police.

The new image shows what Harris may look like as a 23-year-old. According to a release from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Harris may still be in the area.

Earlier this year, Justin's father, Phillip Harris, said that he has run out of theories and that he has no idea what happened to his son more than a decade ago. He just wants some sort of closure, he said.

“I just want the body – good, bad or indifferent,” Phillip Harris said near the anniversary of Justin's disappearance. “And I hope they find whoever did this before I do. If I find him, I’ll go off.”

Police and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children ask that anyone with information call the center at 800-843-5678 or the Casper Police Department at 307-235-8278.

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