RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A little boy who was missing for several hours Tuesday afternoon is home safe. 8-year-old Tariq Vaughn was dropped off at the wrong bus stop in Eastern Henrico. He eventually ended up a mile from his home.
Tariq's mother, Cara Pressley, was two hours away when she learned her son was missing. It turns out he was in a familiar place the entire time.
It's the kind of call no mother ever wants to receive.
"I got the call that he wasn't where he was supposed to be," said Pressley. "So I had to figure out what to do and move into action."
Tariq was supposed to be dropped off in the care of his baby sitter. He ended up at his school, not far from his home, but where there was no one to look after him.
"It's not clear to us why he was dropped off at this school," said Lt. Richard Cosby outside of Ratcliffe Elementary School. "He was supposed to have been dropped off at the Arthur Ashe Center."
After being let off in the wrong place, Tariq wandered around his neighborhood, looking for a place to stay. He went to his house and even knocked on the doors of a few neighbors, but then vanished.
Meanwhile his mother, who had already contacted Henrico police, was en route from Washington, D.C. frantically wondering where he could have gone.
"A lot of things go through your mind like who are his friends? Who can I call?" she said.
And as she worried- the media reported that Tariq was missing. Viewers took note, including Tariq's grandmother, who lives a mile from her daughter.
"I never would've thought that he would've been over there," she said.
Grandma called police. Tariq was with her, waiting for his mom to come home.