Scottie Dean Morris (EPD)

Scottie Dean Morris (EPD)

Law enforcement authorities in Indiana are still trying to locate a 14-year-old boy who has been missing since Thursday, shortly after he was photographed wearing a white T-shirt with bizarre phrases handwritten across the front, including “I’m a liar,” “cheat,” and “I hurt my little brother.”

According to a press release from the Eaton Police Department, as of Tuesday afternoon there will not be any organized teams from the public searching for Scottie Dean Morris, who was last seen at approximately 8:30 p.m. on March 16 leaving his home on East Indiana Avenue in Eaton. Eaton is located just over an hour northeast of Indianapolis.

While the teams of civilian volunteers are no longer being used, police say that boats, drones, sonar equipment, and K-9 teams will still be utilized to “check the areas of water nearby” and to search the river areas out of Eaton Town limits.

It is believed that the controversial photo of Morris was taken earlier in the day Thursday, while the teen was “in conflict with adults at his home,” according to a report from the Indianapolis Star.

Scottie Dean Morris photoes (EPD)

Scottie Dean Morris photos (EPD)

Authorities initially said that Morris was “believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance,” though they have not elaborated on the specific danger or medical condition they were referring to in the release.

The department on Tuesday emphasized that officers “are still investigating and working leads” as they come in, and said there would be a meeting of multiple law enforcement agencies later in the day to discuss the next steps. The other agencies will include the Indiana State Police, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and at least one federal organization.

Authorities further asked that the public “refrain from making false statements and accusations” regarding the missing child.

In the immediate aftermath of Morris’ disappearance, the department was the subject of public backlash and speculation after posting the aforementioned photograph showing Morris looking sullen while wearing a shirt that appeared to be designed to shame and humiliate him.

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