Bartow boy, 11, missing since Thursday found Friday morning

UPDATE: Bartow Police say 11-year-old Tyler Tinsley has been found safe Friday morning.

BARTOW, FL (WFLA) — The Bartow Police Department is searching for a missing 11-year-old who didn’t return home after leaving Bartow Middle School Thursday.

Tyler Tinsley, 11, was last seen in the area of Mann Road and Lila Street in Bartow. The police department was notified around 6:30 p.m.

Officers began to search known areas that Tyler frequents and known contacts with no results. During this search, officers learned that Tyler was seen in the area of Mann Road and Lila Street at around 8:49 p.m. Tyler was walking alone and did not appear to be in distress at that time.

Tyler was last observed wearing a dark blue hoodie jacket, blue Bartow Middle School shirt, khaki cargo shorts and black tennis shoes. Tyler is about 4’9″ in height and weighs 87 pounds. Tyler has blue eyes and light blonde hair which is short and crew cut. Tyler may be carrying a dark colored backpack with super heroes figures screen printed on the outside.

Any person with information regarding the whereabouts of this child is asked to contact the Bartow Police Department at (863) 534-5034. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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