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Update: Spring Valley Boy 'Hid in Park All Day,' Upset at Family Deaths

William Patrick Gear, 12, missing since 8:15 Monday morning, was found safe on Mt. Vernon Street about 6:40 p.m., authorities say.

Update: Tuesday, 12:12 p.m.

More information has become available as to the reason for a Spring Valley boy's day-long disappearance on Monday.

The father of William Patrick Gear told reporters the straight-A pupil had skipped school and hid in a park several miles from home all day because he was upset over recent deaths in his family.

The youngster initially claimed he had been kidnapped, but quickly admitted the truth, the man said.

Original story:

A 12-year-old Spring Valley boy, missing since leaving his Ildica Street home about 8:15 Monday morning to go to school, has been found safe in Lemon Grove, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

William Patrick Gear was found about 6:40 p.m. on Mount Vernon Street. Authorities did not immediately say where he was while a massive search was under way. By late Monday night, he had been reunited with his family and was safe at home.

The boy's disappearance prompted law enforcement personnel and volunteers to spend hours conducting a ground and air search. The Sheriff's Department, along with volunteers, combed the area on foot and by helicopter throughout the afternoon.

The boy's father reported the him missing around 11:00 a.m. when he didn’t show up at La Presa Middle School in Spring Valley.

—City News Service contributed to this report.

Penny Goforth October 23, 2012 at 04:21 PM
It is so nice that a few of these missing children stories have a safe ending. I am so glad this is one of those. Thirty years ago, my sister went missing, and the ending was the worst possible nightmare. I am glad he was found and returned to his family. The rest is a private matter for them to handle.
LemonGroove October 24, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Wow, that's in depth journalism. Oh well, I guess you get what you pay for.
Stephanie Boyce October 24, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Glad he is home safe and thankful for those who were searching for him! Penny, I'm so sorry to hear about your sister. I wish this world was void of those horrible mean monsters that take away our innocent children.
Blanca October 24, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Williams my family and me are so happy that you are ok , that day when we find out it was you my kids was so worry that something bad happen to you we start praying for you and you family Sergio, josue and Uziel was so happy with the good news we will continue prayer for your family you are not alone ok
Jane Peterson October 25, 2012 at 10:51 PM
This is the most follow-up I have seen so far in the media. Way to go, Patch.

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