Missing Tacoma child safe after hiding in woods

Staff writerOctober 18, 2013 

Police are searching for Jaylon Green, 8, 4-feet, 70 pounds. Last seen 6 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club at 3875 S 66th.

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An 8-year-old Tacoma boy reported as missing Friday night is safe and sound.

Tacoma Police said Jaylon Green returned to his home this morning at 7 a.m. The Amber Alert was canceled.

“At this time it is unknown where he was, but he walked up and appeared to be fine,” said Tacoma Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool.

UPDATE, 10:30 p.m.: Cool provided more details about what happened to the child.

He walked home from the Boys & Girls Club on South 66th Street and "took the long way," Cool said. His home was about 20 blocks away. When he got home, his parents weren't there and the house was locked. His neighbors weren't home, either.

"So he waited a little bit, and then he decided that he was afraid, and then he thought maybe he was going to get in trouble because he didn't know where his parents were," Cool said.

The boy hid in some woods near his house. The flashlights of the people looking for him simply scared him more, she said, so he decided to stay hidden until around 7 a.m. Sunday.

That's when "a very cold, wet boy came out of the woods," Cool said. "He spent the night out in the woods, hiding and being afraid."

His parents did not want to be interviewed by reporters, Cool said.

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