Missing boy, 3, to be reunited with mother soon, police say

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The case of a 3-year-old boy wandering the streets near a Vancouver elementary school has been solved, police said.

The mother called 911 Thursday afternoon to report that her son had apparently gone missing from his room and she had just discovered he was not there, Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said just before 5 p.m. Thursday.

Kapp said there were no signs of criminal neglect. "It looks like it was an 'I-didn't-even-know-he-was-gone' situation," she said.

The boy is expected to be returned shortly to his mother by Child Protective Services, Kapp added.

At about 1 p.m., the child was seen wandering the streets near Washington Elementary School, 2908 S St., and police soon began seeking information on his parents' identity and whereabouts.

A passerby brought the boy to the school, and he was placed in the care of Child Protective Services, police said.

Officers used an automated phone calling system, announcing there was a missing 3-year-old.