Bryan Sosa

The search continues this afternoon for an 11-year-old West Valley boy last seen nearly 24 hours ago.

Bryan Sosa was last seen leaving the Redwood Multipurpose Center, 3050 S. Lester Ave. (1595 West), at about 6:30 p.m. His parents called police at 11 p.m. when he failed to show up at home.

West Valley police believe Sosa is willingly with his older brother's 16-year-old girlfriend, said West Valley police Capt. Tom McLachlan. Surveillance video from a business near 3100 South and Redwood Road showed the two walking together shortly after he left the Multipurpose Center, he said.

The girlfriend, who lives in Heber, has a history of running away from home, McLachlan said. She does not own a vehicle. Police also do not believe either she or Sosa have a cell phone or credit card.

Since late Wednesday night, police have canvassed the neighborhoods surrounding where Sosa was last seen, McLachlan said. As of 9 a.m. Thursday, investigators had spoken to about 80 percent of his classmates and friends. They also knocked on the doors of all of the registered sex offenders in the area at 3:30 a.m. Thursday to question them as a precaution.

There was no indication Thursday morning Sosa was abducted, McLachlan said.

"We have nothing to go on one way or the other," he said.

Detectives staked out Redwood Elementary School, 2650 S. Redwood Road, Thursday morning to see if Sosa would show up for class.

After school Wednesday afternoon, Sosa walked from the school to the Multipurpose Center for basketball practice. The coach told police Sosa was there, but spent more time playing with his friends than participating in practice. He left by himself about 6:30 p.m.

Sosa is Hispanic, 5-foot-1 with a thin build, black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue sweater and blue jeans.

Anyone with information can call police at 840-4000 or 911.

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