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Missing 12-year-old Tolleson boy found safe

12-year-old Matthew Dubose was found safe and sound late Monday night, police said.

TOLLESON, Ariz. — A 12-year-old boy who went missing after leaving school last week has been found safe and is being reunited with his family, according to the Tolleson Police Department.

Police said Matthew Dubose was located just before 10 p.m. Monday near Camelback and El Mirage roads in Litchfield Park. Officials said a resident saw him and recognized him from the news and called 911. 

GREAT NEWS: Mathew Dubose has been found. Thank you everyone for sharing out his information while he was missing.

Posted by City of Tolleson AZ - Government on Monday, May 16, 2022

Dubose was seen leaving Arizona Desert Elementary School on Van Buren Street in Tolleson on May 11 around 3:15 p.m. 

Police said Dubose was captured on surveillance video on May 12 at approximately 5:40 a.m. at an apartment complex near 83rd Avenue and Thomas Road in Phoenix, according to the Tolleson Police Department

Police said details on where Dubose was staying are still unclear. Officials did confirm that he was not abducted and there were no suspects being sought after. 

His family, police, citizens and teachers held a search party Sunday to find him. 

The search party started at the Tolleson Elementary School District office at 8 a.m. Officials from the Tolleson Police Department said they utilized social media and patrol officers to help in the search for Dubose.

Credit: Tolleson Police Department

VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL: El niño de Tolleson de 12 años de edad que se encontraba desaparecido fue encontrado sano y salvo

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