A local boy, missing since April 9, still has not been found, and the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department asks for the public’s help in locating him.


  A spokesperson for the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department issued another plea Monday for help from the public in locating Dakota Lee Roper, a 14-year-old boy who’s been missing since April 9.


  “The Sheriff’s Department has exhausted all our leads,” said Andy Davis, Phelps County detective.  “We had a couple of promising leads that have taken us to other jurisdictions, but so far, they haven’t panned-out."


  Dakota Lee Roper is now listed on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Davis said.


  According to Roper’s adoptive parents, Dakota left his home in the 11000 block of Highway 72, just east of Rolla, on April 9.


  Detectives from the Sheriff’s Department also contacted school officials, neighbors and friends.


  Dakota is 4-feet 9-inches tall, and, weighing approximately 110 pounds, he is considered slender.  He has brown, medium-length hair, green eyes and fair skin.  He has a number of medical problems, including allergies and asthma, which require medication.


  Dakota was a foster child and recently adopted by the Ropers.


  On April 11, the Ropers received a phone call from him, but he refused to tell them where he was.


  A forensics specialist has examined a computer used by the missing boy.


  According to the Sheriff’s Department, it is possible Dakota may be traveling to Osage Beach, where two, biological brothers reside, or to Meredosia, Ill., where a perceived girlfriend lives.


  Any person having information about Dakota’s whereabouts, please contact the Criminal Investigations Unit of the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department at (573) 426-3860 or, to remain anonymous, call the Confidential Tip Line at (573) 426-2936.