Still no leads in the search for Robert Bee

Still no leads in the search for Robert Bee

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PEKIN, Ill. (HOI) -- -

 Family, friends, and neighbors gathered at Riverfront Park to rally around the Bee family who is still desperately searching for the missing 13-year-old. 

Those in attendance wrote letters to Robert that they attached to balloons they later released.

They said they"re hopeful he's still out there and one of these messages will somehow reach him or someone who knows where he is.

Robert ran away from his Pekin home in November when a truancy officer came to the house to address his frequent absences from school.

But that was six months ago and no one has seen or heard from him since.
 
"Part of the problem with this case was that he was reported as a run away to begin with, that stops all amber alerts. It's really just a totally different case as opposed to a missing child. That has made a big difference," said Mary Jane Richards, a member of the search team for the teen.

Robert's sister tells us police have no new leads and aren't even sure if he's in the area.

Meanwhile, Bee's mother who has been estranged from the rest of the family has also since moved away from Pekin.     

"I reached out to her via messages stating that we all need to pull together. Everybody needs to put their ill feelings aside whatever is there, or issues to bring my brother home. To bring her son home," said Stephanie Clauser, Robert's sister.

That's a common goal shared by complete strangers who've been moved by this case.

Strangers that family and friends hope will continue to look for the missing boy.

There is another search coming up for Robert Bee next Saturday, May, 27 starting at 10 a.m.

Volunteers are asked to to meet at the pavilion at Riverfront Park in Pekin. 

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