The missing teenage son of Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby was found safe in New York City on Thursday night as the apparent result of a tip.
The news first came via tweet from the Brookline, Mass., police department.
Shortly afterward the department posted further details on its blog. "The Brookline Police, working with many other agencies over the past few days were able to provide information to the New York City Police Department that Caleb Jacoby may be in the area of Times Square," cops wrote.
"Based upon this information at approximately 9 p.m. New York City Police informed us they had located Caleb and he was safe and sound. Plans are now being formulated to transport Caleb back home."
An extensive social media campaign was launched to publicize the disappearance and spread recent photos of Caleb.
"Our prayers have been answered," wrote Jeff Jacoby, his wife Laura and Micah, Caleb's brother, on Facebook about 9:45 p.m. Thursday night.
"We are thrilled to hear from the Brookline Police that our beloved son and brother Caleb has been found and is safe. Words can’t express our gratitude for the extraordinary outpouring of kindness and support that we have received from so many people. All we can think of at the moment is how wonderful it will be to see Caleb again and shower him with love."
Earlier in the day it was reported by an affiliate of ABC that he may have been sighted in Providence, R.I.
Caleb Jacoby, 16, was missing since midday Monday. Police believe Caleb, an 11th-grader at the Maimonides School in suburban Boston, may have been a runaway.
Some 200 volunteers, including friends and neighbors of the family as well as members of local Jewish groups, searched throughout the Boston area in a coordinated effort on Wednesday. The effort was spearheaded by the Maimonides School.
“Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers from the entire community who participated in the ongoing search for Caleb Jacoby today. We are deeply grateful for this outpouring of support,” the school posted on its Facebook page. “We will continue to support the outstanding efforts of the Brookline Police Department, and provide updates with new information as appropriate. We continue to pray for Caleb’s safe return.”
The Brookline PD said that more details about Caleb's status and whereabouts would be announced at a later time.
ABC6 in Providence reported Wednesday afternoon that there have been “several reports” placing the teen in Providence on Tuesday evening. No further details were reported.
Some 200 volunteers, including friends and neighbors of the family as well as members of local Jewish groups, continued to search throughout the Boston area in a coordinated effort on Wednesday. The effort was spearheaded by the Maimonides School.
Caleb’s photo has been circulated on Facebook and Twitter.
“We are so deeply, deeply grateful for everything being done to reunite us with our beloved son Caleb,” Jeff Jacoby, who often writes on Jewish and Israel issues in his column, tweeted late Tuesday night.
For many years, near his oldest son’s birthday, Jacoby wrote a special column called “Letters to Caleb.”
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