A 6-year-old boy who was reported missing from Miami more than two months ago has been found in a Canadian city.
Jorge “Jojo” Morales was found Sunday in Moncton, New Brunswick, in “healthy”, “safe and sound” conditions, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) confirmed on Twitter.
according to National Center for Missing and Exploited Childrenmembers of the public discovered the missing child and his father, Jorge Gabriel Morales, at a Walmart in Moncton, and recognized the boy’s face from media reports.
Yanet Real Concepcion, Jojo’s mother, told Local10: “I’m so happy my son is safe. I was afraid of the worst.
Police said Concepcion had originally reported her son missing on August 27 after his father violated custody arrangements and failed to return him to her.
When she went to her ex-husband’s apartment to check on the child, “everything was gone. Everything was gone from his apartment.” she said“His phone was off. His mom’s was off.”
a missing person alert Issued after the kidnapping and named Lillian Pena Morales, her father and paternal grandmother.
Authorities believed the boy may have been in eastern Canada or Maine after the 2006 Ford Expedition truck Jorge was driving was found in Maine on September 26. The FBI then released him. Surveillance footage Walgreens in Houlton confirmed that Jojo was in Maine at some point during the trip.
“All mothers fear the worst, but I… can’t. My body is like leaving my soul. I can’t stop crying with joy.”
“I said, ‘Hey baby! I miss you!’
according to local 10Jojo, who has autism, “has been relatively oblivious to what he’s been through for the past two months.”
Miami-Dade Police confirm JoJo’s father and grandmother were taken into custody, and the arrest of the 45-year-old man took place “without incident” at his Plaza Boulevard business. He is currently in police custody. . His 68-year-old Lillian, also under investigation, was arrested without incident on the Village des Columieres road in Saint-Paul and is currently in police custody.
“This is another example of how local, state, federal and international law enforcement agencies, along with the United States and state departments of justice, are uniting for child safety and continuing to work together to fight a greater evil. is,” said Miami-Dade. Police Chief Freddy Ramirez said in a statement.
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