Search Ends, Missing Odessa Boy is Home Safe

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- Hugs of relief capped off a fifteen hour search for 7-year-old Nathan Cochran who didn't show up from Burnett Elementary Wednesday. The boy was last seen Wednesday night at 5:41pm by a neighbor. Odessa Police set up a command post, but moved it because more than a hundred volunteers showed up to help.

The second grader reportedly got in trouble at school, and didn't want to get in trouble at home too. Johnny Cochran, Nathan's father says his son moved here to West Texas last year after spending time in an abusive foster home. Cochran adds that's why his son feared coming home, so badly.

"I never lost faith. I know where power comes from, I knew he was going to be alright," said his father alluding to God.

Police found the boy in the 2300 block of 14th street. A team of law enforcement agents were on their way to get an article of the boys clothing, to let bloodhounds help in the search, but on the way they spotted the boy just blocks from the command post.

Hundreds of volunteers, law enforcement agents from around the basin spent fifteen hours searching for the boy. Wal-Mart donated flash lights and the Red Cross brought food and drinks for those volunteering.

"There's no way to express my gratitude to them," said Cochran.

After Police found Nathan, they sent him to Medical Center Hospital for an evaluation, his father tells Newswest nine he was cold and tired, but healthy.

"We're ecstatic," said Deputy Chief Lou Orras, OPD, "A lot of these stories do not turn out very good, but we are very fortunate this one did."