A 2-year-old boy missing 16 hours after disappearing from an Easter carnival at a Sunland park was found this morning wandering in a Panorama City parking lot about 10 miles away, Los Angeles police said.
Jesse Salazar of Sunland appeared to be unharmed and was in good spirits when reunited with his parents, Patricia and Jesse Salazar Sr., at Sunland Park about 10:15 a.m. Police said the boy will undergo a medical examination to determine if he was injured.
When a police car pulled into the park and the boy was handed over to his mother and father, he was immediately surrounded by a crush of relatives and media. Several of the relatives were crying as they kissed the boy or called, "Hi, Jesse! Hi, Jesse!"
Although they said the boy could not have walked from Sunland to Panorama City, police stopped short of calling the boy's disappearance a kidnaping. Police said the boy is too young to tell them what happened.