Missing 11-year-old boy found
Deputies located 11-year-old Larry Avila this morning at a friend's home.Photo: Video by kgun9.com
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Deputies located 11-year-old Larry Avila this morning at a friend's home. They say the friend's neighbor called 9-1-1, to say their child had spotted Larry there yesterday.
When deputies arrived at the home, they say they found Larry there. Deputies say Larry was visibly upset.
Larry has since been reunited with his family and returned home.
Avila's mother, Angelica Leivas, said she was living a mother's worst nightmare.
She said it was unusual for her son not to call if he was going to a friend's house, and knew something was wrong so she called police.
"It was very frustrating because I didn't know exactly what was going on, like if he was on the bus, at school, I didn't know where he was," she said.
The boy told deputies he thought he called his mom and told her he was staying at a friend's house.
His mom said she never got a call, but is happy her nightmare had a happy ending.
Larry had been missing since Monday afternoon. Deputies from the Pima County Sheriff's Department San Xavier District responded to the 9000 block of West Delfina Drive to the report of a missing child.
As of late Monday, 50 deputies were searching for Larry who did not return from school Monday, and was last seen at Valencia Middle School where he is a student.
Deputy Tom Peine with Pima County Sheriff's Department said deputies were actively searching for Larry, and conducted a thorough search of TUSD school buses.