WFTS reporter Cameron Polom found a 10-year-old boy last Friday who had gone missing the day before.
Paul Ezekiel Fagan, who lives with his grandmother in Tampa, Fla., went missing last Thursday night, prompting his grandmother to call authorities at about 8:00 p.m.
Polom reported on the missing boy Friday morning, and later walked around the neighborhood when he found Fagan hiding in some bushes near his grandmother’s house (video below).
"I said, 'Have you been missing?'" Polom told WFTS. "I said, 'Come here, buddy, and I just picked him up and I said would you mind if I lift you up?' And I just said come with me, I just held his hand and walked him over to you guys. It's crazy."
Polom walked the boy over to his grandmother's house where Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies walked him to his excited grandma and family members, who say Fagan has a mild learning disability.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department had used search dogs and helicopters during the night, but wasn't able to find the youngster because of rain.
“He’s looking at me and I’m thinking, ‘Could this possibly be this kid? Is this really happening?’ It was a very surreal moment,” Polom recalled to Today.com. “When I saw him, he looked not only tired, but he looked scared he might be in trouble. He’s 10 years old and he’s a smart kid, he knew he was in a little bit of trouble for what he had done.”
Fagan was apparently trying to get away from his little brother and spent the night next door in a neighbor’s yard taking a “cat nap,” said Polom.