PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police have located the 11-year-old Providence boy who had been missing since Christmas Day.
Erwin Rivera Ochoa left his Atwells Avenue home wearing no shoes that night following an argument with his mother, according to police.
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza confirmed Rivera Ochoa was found sleeping in a car on Joslin Street Tuesday, just a few blocks away from where he lives.
“We received a call from one of the houses back here that a person was sleeping in one of these cars … and lo and behold, officers came and found the child safe and sound,” he said.
Rivera Ochoa was transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital to be evaluated, according to Elorza.
“He spent three nights outside,” Elorza said. “This is, so far, as good as we can hope for in a situation like this.”
“We’re thankful he survived the cold weather and found shelter in a car,” Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Paré added. “We weren’t going to stop until we found that young boy and we’re thankful we found him healthy and alive.”
Paré said police are still trying to figure out exactly why Rivera Ochoa left home. Both the FBI and R.I. Department of Children, Youth and Families are involved in the investigation.