MISSING BOY BACK HOME THANKS TO CHANCE SIGHTING BY MOTORISTS.Byline: Stacy Brown Daily News Staff Writer
A 9-year-old boy who ran away after an argument with his big brother was found safe Monday night by a Valencia couple who spotted him miles away from his home in the middle of a busy road.
Neighbors of the Stevenson Ranch Stevenson Ranch, California (in the 91381 ZIP Code) is a Los Angeles County, USA, unincorporated community west of Santa Clarita a few miles south of Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park. The Stevenson Ranch fountain was redone in 2007. boy had joined the Sheriff's Department's search-and-rescue team, deputies and a helicopter in frantically fran·tic
1. Highly excited with strong emotion or frustration; frenzied: frantic with worry.
2. searching for the boy after he was reported missing at 8 p.m. Monday, sheriff's officials said.
Unaware of the massive search taking place, Blair and Ricki Lechtenberg spotted the boy near Valencia Boulevard and Magic Mountain Parkway at 10:45 p.m. and flagged down a patrol car.
``We were driving along and he was in the middle of the street talking to Noun 1. talking to - a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval - an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to some guy in a car,'' Ricki Lechtenberg said. She said she told her ex-husband to pull over because something didn't seem right.
``First, he was so far in the street we had to swerve to get around him and I'm thinking, `I have a child his age. What is he doing out at 10:30?' '' she said.
Lechtenberg said the boy seemed dazed daze
tr.v. dazed, daz·ing, daz·es
1. To stun, as with a heavy blow or shock; stupefy.
2. To dazzle, as with strong light.
A stunned or bewildered condition. and the couple thought they'd stumbled onto a kidnapping kidnapping, in law, the taking away of a person by force, threat, or deceit, with intent to cause him to be detained against his will. Kidnapping may be done for ransom or for political or other purposes. .
``When I heard where he was from I couldn't believe he was able to walk this far, he's such a little kid,'' Lechtenberg said.
Lt. Carl Dealey of the Santa Clarita Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country, sheriff's station said the youngster got lost trying to find his way back home.
Dealey said it was unclear what triggered the argument but the frightened fright·en
v. fright·ened, fright·en·ing, fright·ens
1. To fill with fear; alarm.
2. parents were relieved when their son came home safe. Dealey praised the Lechtenbergs and Stevenson Ranch residents for their help in the search.
``There were 75 to 100 people who came out to help, one resident even compared the response to that of the 1994 earthquake,'' Dealey said. Search-and-rescue team members also had to assist two volunteers who found themselves stuck on a nearby hillside while searching for the boy.