Parents’ frantic search for toddler missing in Alicante ends in joy

ALICANTE CITY: no place for a lone three-year-old Flickr: Bea y Fredi

IT is the nightmare that keeps all loving parents awake at night: the disappearance of a child. In Alicante on Sunday evening June 21 at around 7pm, the parents of a three-year-old little boy went through frantic panic bordering on hysteria when they discovered their son was missing from their home on calle César Elguezábal in the heart of the city.
The frenzied search by the child’s family, friends, neighbours, the Guardia Civil and the Local Police covered every nook and cranny in the immediate neighbourhood and the Rambla.
However, this was a nightmare with a happy ending. The child was picked up by police an hour later a full two kilometres away near the Cocó beach area, having wandered alone through the busy city centre unnoticed by hundreds of people milling around the giant wood and cardboard figures created to celebrate the San Juan festival, crossing dozens of roads full of traffic. Nobody noticed him, nobody wondered why he was alone.
Councillor for Security Fernando Marcos said: “It is shocking that a child of that age could travel right across the city centre without anyone realising he was lost but happily he is home safe and sound and we are all relieved that he came to no harm.”

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