RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Authorities in Wake County said Monday night they found a missing 12-year-old boy hours after he went missing.
The search was previously underway in the area of Rock Drive and Riverview Road, Wake County deputies said.
Officials said around 10:35 p.m. that Owen Wycoff was found at Church’s Chicken at 1401 New Bern Avenue, which is about 5 miles from his home.
Owen’s dad said that his son, who is new to the area, started off walking to a friend’s house, but got lost.
Owen ended up at the Church’s Chicken, where the staff took care of him until he was found, dad Ramon Wycoff said.
Owen was last seen around 2:30 p.m. at his home in the 900 block of Riverview Road, officials said.
Owen had been dropped off at his home after school, according to deputies.
When Owen’s dad arrived home around 5:30 p.m., his son was not there and deputies were later called.
Neighbors later joined the search, which was in an area about 3 to 4 miles around the home, officials said.