Originally Posted by LiveSteam
The kid is hiding somewhere.
The odds that he is in a house holding the owners or who ever is in the house hostage are pretty high IMO.
Not saying a door to door search is right, or lawful. Just stating that this is the reason behind it
It's completely lawful for cops to search a neighborhood and ask people for consent to search their home. In this situation, there can be a lot of good reasons why even a search without a warrant is justified.