A missing 9-year-old boy who disappeared from his south Sacramento home Wednesday night was safely detained after a local news crew spotted him near his home Thursday afternoon, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department reports.
KC “Jimmy” Nguyen, 9, was reported missing by family members about 11 p.m. Wednesday, said department spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull. The boy got in an argument with his mother Wednesday afternoon and left his home after she went to a store, he said.
He was last seen by an older brother playing in front of his apartment about 8 p.m. in the 8000 block of 68th Avenue.
Nguyen was spotted again just before 2 p.m. by a KCRA news crew and attempted to run, the news release said. Missing person detectives were in the area and were able to stop him.
The department said the 9-year-old would be reunited with family.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department originally warned that Nguyen was considered at risk because of his age. Turnbull said detectives had no indication of foul play in the missing child’s case and that he often visited with friends.
Xanthi Pinkerton, an Elk Grove Unified School District spokeswoman, said Nguyen is a student enrolled at the David Reese Elementary School, less than a mile away from his apartment. The school, which does not follow a traditional yearly school calendar, was not in session this week, Pinkerton said.