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Christopher Marks missing near Pacific Palisades

1:15 PM, Aug 7, 2012   |    comments
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  • Christopher Marks (Photo courtesy Affton Schools)
  • Mother of Christopher Marks talks to St. Louis County police Tuesday. (KSDK)
  • Family of Christopher Marks speaks with authorities. (KSDK)

Eureka, MO (KSDK) - Crews in St. Louis County are continuing the search for a missing 12-year-old boy.

Police say they will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. on Tuesday to talk about where the investigation is and what will be next.

Police were called to the Pacific Palisades Conservation Area to search for 12-year-old Christopher Marks who went missing Sunday evening.

Investigators say Marks is a white male, five feet three to four inches tall and approximately 130 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue or black shorts, with no shirt and no shoes. He is a seventh grader at Rogers Middle School. Family members say Chris has a twin sister.

Marks' mother, Elizabeth Combs, says her son was at the Palisades with her husband, three boys, and three girls. The boys and girls were around the ages of 15 and 16, and he was the youngest of the group.

They were there Saturday and Sunday to go swimming and barbeque. The group says Marks left around 7:30 p.m. to go rope swing on the river and no one has seen or heard from him since.

Combs says her son is a joker but "this isn't funny anymore."

Family members searched for him for a couple of hours after he disappeared before contacting police.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol issued an endangered person advisory and searched overnight into the morning. 

Lt. James Mundel says this is still a search and not a recovery effort, and they are hopeful he will be found.

He says searchers will backtrack and sidetrack where they searched Monday.

Every possibility is being investigated, but at this time police do not believe there was foul play.

Anyone with any information about this endangered child is asked to call St. Louis County Police at 1-314-615-5360 or your nearest police agency.

Affton Schools released the following statement about Marks' disappearance:

"Rogers Middle School seventh grader, Christopher Marks, has been reported missing in the Pacific area. The Affton School District is extremely concerned for Christopher's well being, and hopes for the best possible outcome. We have been in contact with the family, and our thoughts are with them during this difficult time.

"Christopher and his family have been a part of the Affton community for many years. He is a great kid, student and friend. The school will offer any and all support at our disposal," says Jeff Remelius, principal at Rogers Middle School. "We will have school counselors available for students and the school community." "

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