CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – A 4-year-old boy reported missing from his south Charlotte home early Friday morning has been found safe.
Justin Villeda Idiarte was reported missing around 12:50 a.m. from his apartment, located in the 6600 block of Montcrest Drive.
Police say Idiarte was found at an apartment less than 100 yards from his home. This is “wonderful news” and “a good day” Charlotte police said, thanking everyone who helped in the search.
A neighbor in the complex says Idiarte ran over to his apartment last night. The neighbor said he didn’t call Idiarte’s mother because it was typical for the boy to visit. He became aware of the search for the boy when police knocked at his door.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say Idiarte’s mom and other household members were asleep in the apartment when the mom heard the boy get up to use the restroom. The mom dozed off and woke up a short time later to find Idiarte missing. Household members started searching for the boy before contacting police.
“The weather is quite cold, we’re concerned about that,” CMPD said. Police later expanded the search to a 2-mile radius around the apartments as they knocked on doors and made phone calls, asking if anyone had seen the missing boy.
CMPD speaks on search for missing 4-year-old boy
CMPD held a press conference in Spanish around 8 a.m. in hopes of communicating with as many community members as possible.