Missing teen found unharmed


A teenager missing from Jefferson County has been found unharmed in Forrest City, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Steven Billups, 17, had been last seen on May 30 at an emergency shelter service called Margie’s House at 5830 U.S. 65 South in Jefferson County. Billups fled from the facility and, with very limited information concerning Billups’ family, Sheriff’s Office authorities quickly exhausted all means in attempting to locate him.

Through the release of both national and statewide bulletins regarding Billups, he was located safe and unharmed Friday in Forrest City by Forrest City authorities. He was taken to a nearby juvenile facility without incident. Juvenile judicial procedures are now in place through the coordinated efforts of the Jack Jones Juvenile Justice Center in Pine Bluff and and Forrest City authorities.

Margie’s House assists the State of Arkansas with children and teens in need of refuge from various forms of abuse or trauma.