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Boy, 12, who was reported missing out of Palo Alto found safe

Donovan returns to San Jose home, ending hourslong search

A 12-year-old boy who was reported missing out of Palo Alto on Tuesday afternoon was located safe hours later and returned to his home in San Jose, police said.

An hourslong search for a 12-year-old boy reported missing out of Palo Alto ended when he was located safe on Dec. 6, 2022. Embarcadero Media file photo.

Palo Alto police had issued a missing person alert for Donovan, who was seen around 3:30 p.m. in the 200 block of Quarry Road, which is near the Stanford Shopping Center, police said in a press release. He walked away during a family member's medical appointment.

Donovan possibly boarded a bus in the area and didn't have a cellphone with him, according to the release.

As of 9:15 p.m., police reported he was safe and back at his San Jose home.

The search for Donovan, 12, of San Jose, who was reported missing out of the 200 block of Quarry Road, marked above in red, in Palo Alto was found hours later on Dec. 6, 2022. Map by Jamey Padojino.

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Boy, 12, who was reported missing out of Palo Alto found safe

Donovan returns to San Jose home, ending hourslong search

by Palo Alto Weekly staff / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Dec 6, 2022, 6:53 pm
Updated: Tue, Dec 6, 2022, 9:23 pm

A 12-year-old boy who was reported missing out of Palo Alto on Tuesday afternoon was located safe hours later and returned to his home in San Jose, police said.

Palo Alto police had issued a missing person alert for Donovan, who was seen around 3:30 p.m. in the 200 block of Quarry Road, which is near the Stanford Shopping Center, police said in a press release. He walked away during a family member's medical appointment.

Donovan possibly boarded a bus in the area and didn't have a cellphone with him, according to the release.

As of 9:15 p.m., police reported he was safe and back at his San Jose home.

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Fritzie Blue
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Stanford
on Dec 6, 2022 at 8:44 pm
Fritzie Blue, Stanford
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on Dec 6, 2022 at 8:44 pm

Praying Donovan. is found safely, and soon.


Consider Your Options.
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 7, 2022 at 12:10 pm
Consider Your Options. , Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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on Dec 7, 2022 at 12:10 pm

Thanks for the follow-up. Nice to know this young man is safely home.


MyFeelz
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JLS Middle School
on Dec 7, 2022 at 4:31 pm
MyFeelz, JLS Middle School
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on Dec 7, 2022 at 4:31 pm

So much missing from this story, about what really happened. Glad Donovan is OK.


Bystander
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 7, 2022 at 5:19 pm
Bystander, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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on Dec 7, 2022 at 5:19 pm

12 year old boy gave his family a scare, but found his own way home. So pleased that he had the necessary skills to get on a bus and walk home. What an adventure! Not every story ends like this, but it is good to know that some have a happy ending.


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