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Teenage runaway in south Natomas is found, returned to foster home

Thirteen-year-old Josiah March has been safely relocated after he disappeared from south Natomas on Tuesday afternoon.

March was described as 5-foot-2 and thin in a Sacramento Police Department news release and was considered at-risk. He was last seen around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday on the 800 block of San Juan Road, the same block as Rio Tierra Park, after walking away from a Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento transport van, police spokeswoman Linda Matthew said.

However, David Ballard, CEO of the Children’s Receiving Home, said in a letter to The Bee that “an internal review by the Children’s Receiving Home found that the child was not in its care at the time the child went missing, nor was the CRH operating any van in the south Natomas area where the child was reported last seen.”

A civilian picked March up and drove him to a fire station in Sacramento at about 8:20 a.m. Wednesday, Matthew said. The journey appears to have been chronicled in a video that has since circulated on social media.

When Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the fire station, March gave them a false name, Matthew said. They eventually took him to Children’s Receiving Home, one of Sacramento County’s largest foster care facilities.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include a statement from the CEO of the Children’s Receiving Home.