Placer County Sheriff’s deputies used social media to help reunite a boy found wandering early Sunday morning in rural Lincoln in freezing temperatures with his family.
Thought to be 10 or 11 years old, the boy told authorities his name is Victory Lee. But according to deputies, he could not tell them his parents’ names, where he lived or his school.
Deputies posted the boy’s photo Sunday afternoon on Facebook and alerted media via Twitter. Media outlets spread word of the lost boy along with his photo. Within hours, sheriff’s deputies got results.
“We believe we have identified Victory and have contacted his parents,” the department tweeted at 8:35 p.m. Sunday. “We were called after people that know him saw his picture. Thank you!”
A resident spotted the boy about 12:45 a.m. Sunday outside a house in the 4300 block of East Catlett Road near Fiddyment Road, not far from Thunder Valley Casino, and called authorities. Deputies found the child alone and cold during the chilly night, where temperatures dipped to a low of 28 degrees.
While deputies searched for his family, the child was placed in the care of Placer County Child Protective Services. No other details were available Sunday night.
Call The Bee’s Debbie Arrington, (916) 321-1075. Follow her on Twitter @debarrington.