Reporter finds missing Tampa boy

Sep 26, 2014 11:13 AM

A news reporter in Tampa, Florida was sent out early Friday morning to cover a story of a boy who had been missing for hours overnight. But, WFTS Action News reporter Cameron Polom found more than the facts Friday, he found missing 10-year-old Paul Fagan in a place no one ever expected -- right in his own neighborhood.

The boy's dad, Paul Fagan, Sr. couldn't believe his boy -- missing for 15 hours through a rainy, dark night -- had been right next door the whole time.

During his coverage of the story, Polom was walking down the street when he saw a boy come out from behind a tree in front of the house next door.

Polom asked the boy's name. He said it was Paul, and he gave Polom a hug. Polom took the boy's hand and the two walked together to a sheriff's deputy, who then took Paul to be reunited with his family.

Paul, who goes by the nickname Zeke, slept in thick brush behind a shed in the backyard of an empty house in his own neighborhood.

Fagan, Sr. said deputies even searched inside the shed as they flooded the neighborhood looking for him Thursday night and Friday morning.

Deputies say Fagan's grandmother reported the boy missing around 8 p.m. Thursday night after she was unable to find him on her own.

For the full story, and video of the tearful reunion, visit ABC Action News.

(Photo courtesy: Cameron Polom, WFTS Action News)


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