Missing boy found with relative in Alachua County

Published: Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 10:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 10:53 p.m.

A 12-year-old boy from Fernandina Beach who had been reported missing Saturday was found with a relative in Alachua County Sunday evening, officials said.

Peter Bresko was found safe at about 8 p.m. in his aunt’s home in Alachua County, according to a televised report.

Bresko went missing on Friday at about 11 a.m. while at the Downtown Farmer’s Market in Fernandina Beach when he left the area his father was vending at to use the restroom.

The search for the youngster began on Saturday morning after his father reported that he was missing to the Fernandina Beach Police Department. At about 9 a.m. on Saturday, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a missing child alert for the boy.

Bresko had been staying with his father in Fernandina Beach for the summer, and police believe he may have been upset about returning to his mother’s home out of state, according to Channel 4 News in Jacksonville.

Alachua County Sheriff’s officials referred calls to the FDLE, which did not provide any details late Sunday.

On July 31, the Thursday before the incident, Bresko reportedly exited a plane headed to his mother’s home before it took off. He was later found at the airport and returned to his father.

Bresko reportedly called the Runaway Children’s Hotline on Sunday to report that he was not in danger. He is now in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families while the case is under investigation.

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