UPDATE (7:15 p.m.): Missing 7-year-old Lana Owen Ayara from Ellicott City has been located unharmed! Thanks to all for sharing.


UPDATE: MISSING CHILD UPDATE: Police have confirmed that 7-year-old Lana Owen Ayara DID exit the bus at his normal stop at West Springs Drive and Sonia Trail in Ellicott City (see attached photo exiting the bus). He still has not been located. Extensive area search ongoing. Original news release has been attached as well.


Howard County police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 7-year-old boy from Ellicott City who did not return home after he left the school on an unknown bus.

Lana Owen Ayara, a student at Hollifield Station Elementary School, did not exit the bus as he normally does shortly before 4 p.m. at his West Springs Drive and Sonia Trail bus stop. His mother, who was observing the bus stop, then contacted police.

Officers are working with school staff to determine on what bus Ayara left Hollifield Station and are speaking with bus drivers at the school. Police and Howard County Fire & Rescue also are conducting extensive searches in the area to include the use of drones.

Ayara is described as a black male, approximately 3-foot-4, 43 pounds. He was seen wearing to school a white and gray t-shirt with blue and red lines (as seen in the picture), a black jacket with a hood, black jeans, and white Adidas tennis shoes.

Anyone who sees him should call 911.