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Missing Sacramento Boy Found Safe Near William Land Park

SACRAMENTO -- Crews found a 3-year-old boy who went missing Saturday evening in William Land Park.

Marcus Meja wandered away from a family barbecue near the pond closest to 15th Avenue around 8:30 p.m. The Sacramento Police Department posted an update at 12:05 a.m. Sunday saying he had been found on 13th Avenue in some bushes and was reunited with his family.

"Our officers saw the boy standing by some bushes on 13th Avenue," said Bryce Heinlein with the Sacramento Police Department."When officers approached him he hid back in the bushes, but we were able to get him to come out."

FOX40 spoke with Marcus' grandfather, Elpidio Rocha, who says he nearly stumbled upon the boy as teams scoured the surrounding neighborhoods.

"I kept walking around looking for him," Rocha said. "There were many people just standing around not helping but felt better looking, and I came close to where he was found."

A dive and rescue team looked in the water for Marcus while the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department helicopter scanned the area from the sky.

Before Marcus was found, crews had suspended their search in the water for the night to allow the park to begin draining the pond.

"We had 40 officers going door to door and searching the streets," Heinlein said. "We were worried the child had entered the water and fire was about to drain the water just before the boy was found."

"It was very emotional, my heart is still racing even today, so happy he was found," Rocha said.