Shortly afterward, around 7 a.m. Friday, WFTS-TV reporter Cameron Polom started walking through the child’s neighborhood with his cameraman when he noticed a muddied and tired-looking young boy climbing out of some overgrown vegetation in a yard nearby.
“He’s looking at me and I’m thinking, ‘Could this possibly be this kid? Is this really happening?’ It was a very surreal moment,” he told TODAY.com on Monday.
Polom, 29, said he called out to the boy and asked for his name. He then picked the boy up over the fence and walked him to nearby sheriff’s deputies.