Missing 6-year-old Jojo Morales found safely by authorities in Canada
A child from South Florida that had been missing since late August has been found.
The Miami-Dade Police Department confirmed on Sunday that 6-year-old Jorge “Jojo” Morales was recovered in Canada.
Jojo was unharmed and in good health, authorities said.
“This is another example how local, state, federal, and international law enforcement, along with the United States and State Attorney’s Office coming together for the safety of a child and will continue to work together to fight the greater evil,” Miami-Dade Police Director Freddy Ramirez said in a statement.
Police had been searching for the boy since they said he was kidnapped by his father, Jorge Morales, 45, and paternal grandmother, Lilliam Pena Morales, 68. Both were wanted on a felony charge of custodial interference.
Authorities confirmed that Jorge Gabriel Morales and Lilliam Pena Morales were taken into custody by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Jorge Morales and his mother, Lilliam Pena Morales.
Jojo’s mother, Yanet Leal Concepcion, had previously confirmed to authorities that her son is on the autism spectrum and has difficulty communicating sometimes.
There has been no word on when Jojo will be reunited with Concepcion.
This is a breaking news story that will be updated.