Eastvale – On March 25, the Eastvale community came together to search for a missing boy. When 12-year-old Javier was reported missing by his family, the Eastvale Police Department and the City of Eastvale asked the community for help in locating Javier. The City of Eastvale posted the missing child’s picture on their Facebook page and indicated that the boy was last seen at 2:23 p.m. at Augustine Ramirez Intermediate School. Friends of the family said that Javier didn’t show up to his usual pick-up spot in front of the school. Comments on the Facebook post indicated that the boy had special needs as well.
Friends of the family were searching the area for the boy and an Eastvale Police helicopter announced his description from above. However, several community members felt they couldn’t sit back and wait; they wanted to join in on the search. Strangers from all over the city got in their cars with their families and searched the neighborhoods for the boy. It was amazing to see how many community members came together to look for a child they didn’t even know.
By 7:40 p.m., it was confirmed that the boy was found unharmed in the city of Chino and was safely returned to his family. It was not reported how the boy ended up in Chino or why he left the school. However, the family and the community were just thankful he was home safe.
The City of Eastvale posted an update to their Facebook page and thanked everyone who spread the word. “The Eastvale Police Department would like to thank the community for their assistance in helping locate Javier,” said the post.