Facebook leads police to parents of lost boy in Myrtle Beach

Published: Jun. 1, 2012 at 8:44 PM EDT
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Steven Steinmann of Kingsport, TN (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Steven Steinmann of Kingsport, TN (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) A 5-year-old boy was discovered wandering the Springmaid Pier Thursday afternoon, and his father was arrested after not realizing the child was missing.

A security guard making his regular rounds Thursday at the pier spotted a 5-year-old boy walking alone, and explained to the guard he could not find his parents.

After making several trips up and down the pier, the security guard took the young boy into the office and attempted to find information regarding where his parents may be staying on Facebook.

According to an Horry County police report, the little boy told officers his mother's name was Tracey, his father's name was Steven, and he was visiting the beach with his nine siblings.

Officers pulled up Facebook on a computer and when the boy saw a picture of his step-mother, he informed police that "That's Tracey," pointing to a photo. The woman's Facebook page confirmed what the little boy was saying when he explained that she had just married his dad.

Officers made several phone calls searching for the family and finally discovered they were staying at Compass Cove Resort.

When police approached the father, Steven Steinmann of Kingsport, TN, regarding his son, he explained that he had just discovered his son was missing. This was approximately six hours after the 5-year-old had been discovered at the pier.

Steinmann explained to police that he thought all of his children had left the pier at the same time.

Steinmann was arrested and booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center just after 2 a.m. Friday morning. Charges were not listed on the detention center's website.

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