Posted September 06, 2018 07:06:22 A 5-year-old boy has been reported missing in northern California, authorities said Tuesday.
The Boy Scout and Girl Scout troop in the Sacramento area reported seeing the boy in the parking lot of a home Sunday afternoon, according to a statement from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The boy was last seen at the home in the 6800 block of South Main Street.
The department’s child abuse unit was notified, and a search for the boy was launched.
No one was immediately available for comment Tuesday night.
The California Highway Patrol said in a statement that it is assisting in the search for a boy who may be in danger.
The agency also said it is helping the Boy Scout troop with security and is providing the home with extra food.
The boy’s grandmother, Mary Karp, told NBC station KXTV that she did not see the boy.
Karp told the station the boy is from California and had recently moved to the Sacramento Valley.
She said she thought the boy had been playing with a toy truck on the driveway when she heard his father cry.
The family has been living at the residence for more than two years, Karp said.
The home is located in a residential neighborhood in the town of Redding, about 40 miles east of Sacramento.
The family is a part of the Redding Scout and Gifted Youth program.
It has about 2,000 members and has been helping families with special needs for more years, said Redding Mayor Ron Stilwell.
The Boy Scout program is a non-profit organization.