Authorities: Missing Vista boy George Lewis found safe

Boy, 8, missing for nearly 5 hours

SAN DIEGO - Authorities say an 8-year-old boy who disappeared from school Friday afternoon was found safe at an apartment complex near the school.

According to San Diego County sheriff's officials, George "Cuatro" Lewis was reported missing from Grapevine Elementary School shortly after 2 p.m., prompting a response by sheriff's Search and Rescue volunteers.

Sheriff's officials were told the boy left his classroom at about 1:45 p.m. after telling his friends he was going to the school office. The boy also made comments about wanting to run away, sheriff's officials said.

Just before 7 p.m., sheriff's officials said George was located at the Water Leaf Apartments on 256 North Emerald Drive. He is in good condition.

Sheriff's officials extended their gratitude to the public for helping in the search for George.

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