Cops Find Missing 5-Year-Old Boy in South Ozone Park

By Alan Neuhauser on June 21, 2012 10:07am 

Zackary Nazario, 5, was found 18 blocks from his family's home after going missing for about eight hours, police say.
Zackary Nazario, 5, was found 18 blocks from his family's home after going missing for about eight hours, police say.
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SOUTH OZONE PARK — An eagle-eyed pedestrian helped police find a missing 5-year-old boy on Rockaway Boulevard Thursday morning, the NYPD reported.

Zackary Nazario was reported missing by a family member about 12:45 a.m., police said, after disappearing shortly after being seen sleeping in his family's home.

Nearly eight hours later, a pedestrian spotted Zackary walking on Rockaway Boulevard near the Van Wyck Expressway, about 18 blocks from home.

The pedestrian, whom police declined to identify, flagged cops nearby.

The good Samaritan "pointed us to him," an NYPD spokeswoman said.

"He was found in good physical and mental condition, so he wasn't hurt," she said.

Zackary was taken to a hospital for observation, which the spokeswoman said was "common procedure" for missing children.

It was unclear whether there was criminality involved, police said.

The incident remains under investigation.

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