NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police found a missing 9-year-old boy Wednesday afternoon, more than 24 hours after he vanished in East Harlem.
Zhaundu Bradley Jr. was located late in the afternoon by NYPD Transit Bureau Community Affairs Unit officers at a basketball court at First Avenue and 93rd Street, police told CBS 2. He was in good condition, and will be taken to a local police precinct.
As CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reported, a flier indicated that Zhaundu had last been seen on East 111th street around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
He was staying at the George Washington Carver Houses public housing development on East 99th Street, but goes back and forth between East Harlem and North Carolina, Gainer reported.
Police earlier in the day were handing out fliers and canvassing the area near the housing development, CBS 2’s Janelle Burrell reported earlier. Police also sent out canine units to try to trace the boy’s scent.
Neighbors said there was a massive police search outside of the family’s home Tuesday night.
“The parents looked quite upset and the cops were just searching as much as they could,” one neighbor said. “They all came out, just walked in both buildings, all throughout the area.”
But as CBS 2 showed neighbors fliers with Zhaundu’s picture on them, only one neighbor claimed to recognize him.
“I don’t know the kids by name,” said Barbara Brinson, but she said she had seen Zhaundu “running around like kids do.”
Police said Zhaundu is not from the area – his last known address is listed in North Carolina. But he would stay at the Carver Houses from time to time, and authorities said he was registered with the New York City Public Schools system.
The flier said Zhaundu had last been seen at an after-school program at the Boys and Girls Club of New York at 321 E. 111th St. But the Boys and Girls Club insisted that Zhaundu has not been there in a week.
The 9-year-old was reported missing once before. Back in September, police found him hours after they issued an alert.
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