'I saw this little guy walking alone': Woman finds missing 7-year-old boy
SEATTLE - A missing 7-year-old boy who disappeared Monday morning near the Belltown area of Seattle was found by a KOMO employee who sensed something wasn't right when she saw him walking alone.
The boy ran away from his mother in the area near 1st Avenue and Lenora Street at around 8 a.m. as she was taking him to school.
About an hour later, Chris Kane happened to be driving to work when she saw a little boy walking alone near Seattle Center - and she knew something wasn't right.
"I saw this little guy just walking alone ... not seeming concerned, not frantic, and I thought, 'Well, he's separated from a group, because we're right near the Seattle Center, and we always see tour buses and schoolkids,'" said Kane, who is a senior marketing sales executive for KOMO's parent company Sinclair Broadcasting,
"And then I noticed there weren't any tour buses and there weren't any other schoolkids. So I kind of lingered and watched him."..
The more she watched the boy, the more Kane became convinced that something wasn't right.
"I was just kind of watching him because as a mom ... you've got this gut (feeling) of - this isn't quite right. In this day and age you just don't see kids wandering alone in downtown Seattle in any way, shape or form. You don't see it."
Kane became even more concerned when she saw the boy walking east toward Aurora Avenue. "I was nervous because I know that's not a good area," she said.
That's when she called 911 - and learned from the dispatcher that a little boy matching his description had been reported missing and that police had asked the public to help find him.
The dispatcher asked Kane to park her car, follow the boy and keep relaying her location so officers could find them.
Kane did that, and even tried to talking to the boy, but he was reluctant to answer her. "I felt so bad for him," she says.
A few minutes later, police arrived.
"The Seattle police were so fast. ... I saw them, and I started to cry. They were real great," she says.
"I'm glad it worked out - I really, really am," she says.
Around 9:30 a.m., police sent out a follow-up bulletin reporting that the boy had been found "safe and sound" and reunited with his mother.
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