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07/21/03

Savannah Woman Spotted Missing Child

A Garden City youngster is back home safe and sound, all because of an observant Savannah woman. Police were desperate to find six-year-old Chris Davis. Diagnosed with autism, he couldn't speak. What was worse, he was missing, taken from his home by 38-year-old John Brown, who lived with the boy and his mother.

"He basically asked to borrow the car to go to the store and said he's taking the child with him and he just didn't come back," explained Capt. Steve Stratman of Garden City PD.

Nearly 24 hours later, police got a tip.

"Savannah Police Department got a call from an unidentified citizen saying that the car was between the 2100 block of 56th Street," Capt. Stratman told us.

That citizen was Carolyn Rushing, who happened to be driving in the right place at the right time.

"I looked over and saw the car and I thought that's the car they were looking for that was involved with that child's abduction," Rushing said. "So I hurried home and I called the police dispatcher and told her what I had seen and she sent the police over there right away."

After notifying police, Rushing was still not satisfied, so she hopped back in her car and started searching the neighborhood. Down the street she found a man and a boy who fit the description. She went back home and notified police for a second time. Just a few minutes later, they were found in the parking lot of a church. A miracle, she says, considering she heard about the missing child an hour before spotting him.

"I think it's a very good thing to be observant and be on the lookout for things like this," Rushing said.

Thirty-eight-year-old John Brown is in the Chatham County jail tonight. Police have not decided all of the charges he'll face at this time. But for now, he's been charged with theft for taking the car that belonged to the child's mother.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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