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Missing St. Petersburg child found hiding in garage

ST. PETERSBURG — An 11-year-old boy who disappeared from home Saturday night — prompting a massive search that included a helicopter and a bloodhound from Hillsborough County — was found hiding in the garage.

Brandon A. Trammell was discovered Sunday morning among piles of furniture stored inside the garage of his home, according to St. Petersburg police.

"It appears that Brandon crept back inside the garage sometime during the night or early morning," said Bill Proffitt, a Police Department spokesman.

Police say Brandon got upset with his mother, Melissa Trammell, over a short haircut. He stormed out of their home in the Glen Lakes neighborhood about 8 p.m. Saturday.

"Brandon ran and jumped a fence to get away from his mother and family," police said.

The neighborhood is east of Interstate 275 and just south of Gandy Boulevard N.

Melissa Trammell told police that Brandon has a temper and has left the house before, but never for more than 30 minutes.

Trammell looked for him, checked with his friends, then called police. Brandon had a cell phone, but did not take it.

"When our officers arrived on the scene, they searched the entire house, including the garage and the attic, before expanding their search to the neighborhood and summoning the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office helicopter and Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office bloodhound," Proffitt wrote in a news statement.

The bloodhound pointed searchers to an intersection about a mile east of the subdivision, at 94th Avenue N and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N, but the track ended there. Police then checked businesses in the area with no luck.

Sunday morning, the news media began to assemble outside the home. A member of the media noticed someone peeking out of the garage window, said police Lt. Greg Schwemley.

"Mom and her boyfriend started climbing over stacks of furniture and she spotted a small segment of his T-shirt," Schwemley said. "She let out a scream and yelled his name. He was wedged in between some mattresses and he had covered himself with a mattress pad. He was virtually invisible."

About 10:45 a.m. Sunday, calls went over police scanners that Brandon had been found.

Schwemley said he was "thankful that there were resources available to conduct the search."

"You wish you didn't have to utilize them all, but you have to deal with what you are given," he said. "And I would do that for anyone's child that's missing."

Demorris A. Lee can be reached at (727) 4456-4174 or

Missing St. Petersburg child found hiding in garage 03/07/10 [Last modified: Sunday, March 7, 2010 7:29pm]
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