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Published on February 14, 2024
UPDATE: Missing San José Boy Found Safe, Community Efforts Praised by PoliceSource: San José Police Media Relations

San José breathed a collective sigh of relief as Manuel "Angel" Gonzalez, the 11-year-old boy who had been missing since Tuesday, was found safe and sound. A generous San José resident stumbled upon the young boy and promptly notified authorities, ensuring his prompt reunion with grateful family members.

According to an X post by the San José Police Department's Public Information Officer, “Manuel has been found! A good Samaritan located him and called us immediately. He is now safe and back with his family.” The relief was palpable across social media platforms, as many had joined the police's plea for help by sharing the urgent request for assistance far and wide.

Earlier, concerns soared following Manuel's disappearance after he was last seen alighting a VTA bus at the intersection of Santa Clara and 1st Street. With silence marking his whereabouts, the San José Police Department redoubled their efforts, sharing specifics of his physical description and clothing with the public. In a description sourced from Hoodline, Manuel, a Hispanic male juvenile, was outlined as standing about 4 feet 11 inches and weighing 105 pounds, with a distinctive hairstyle – short buzzed black hair and a ponytail – and brown eyes.

The authorities’ call to action was clear and urgent: "Let’s get Manuel home to his family. Retweets are appreciated." 

Now that Manuel is found and his safety is no longer in the balance, San José Police have expressed their gratitude for every share, retweet, and tip, noting the critical role that community engagement plays in resolving cases like these.