10-Year-Old Runaway Found Safe

Police credit tipster who overheard someone calling the boy's name

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    Kevin Rodriguez, 10, went missing late Saturday night after a family argument.

    Police have found a 10-year-old runaway who went missing from his South LA home on Saturday.

    Kevin Rodriguez was found safe at a friend's house, police said Monday morning.

    "He was found through a community member, who'd heard some people talking in a nearby home," said Sgt. Mitzi Grasso. "They heard him calling 'Kevin.' They tipped the police. The police came by and found that Kevin Rodriguez indeed was inside the location."

    The boy was found with minor injuries, although they were unsure the cause, Grasso said. He is in good health and an investigation is ongoing, she said.

    "Were looking into the circumstances behind him running away from home, why he stayed away so long, who was sheltering him," Grasso said.

    Rodriguez was found not "too far from his home," Grasso said.

    "At this point, we're still continuing the investigation as to whether or not they knew the circumstances behind his running away from home," Grasso said. "We would imagine that they were sheltering him, so they probably had a good idea of what was going on, or some idea of what was going on."

    Rodriguez, who only speaks Spanish, went missing Saturday around 7 p.m. He recently moved to Los Angeles from El Salvador.

    Detectives had feared Rodriguez may have ran away from home after an argument with family members. Police used search dogs and public address systems throughout the neighborhood as part of the search.

    Police had said Rodriguez was good boy with no previous problems. He participates in a community outreach program called "Fit," which takes children in the community on weekly field trips.