Missing 6-year-old boy from Phoenix found in Las Vegas

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Phoenix Police Department.
Phoenix Police Department.

A missing 6-year-old Phoenix boy is being reunited with family after having been found Saturday in Las Vegas.

The boy, Gerardo Barrera, was located by Las Vegas-area police when the 2020 white Chevrolet Avalanche he was suspected to have been taken in was seen at a fast food restaurant early Saturday morning after going missing Friday, according to Phoenix police.

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Gerardo was thought to be with his uncle, and the two were found safe inside the restaurant, according to police.

As of Saturday morning, Gerardo was in the custody of Nevada Child Protective Services awaiting a reunion with family, according to Phoenix police Sgt. Philip Krynsky.

Gerardo had gone missing from a residential area in south Phoenix and the Avalanche had been tracked down near Las Vegas, police had previously said.

"At this time, there is not a reason to believe the child is in danger, however there is a concern for his welfare," read a Friday evening statement from Phoenix police.

Police did not immediately respond to whether the uncle, who has not been identified, faced any charges.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Missing 6-year-old Phoenix boy found in Las Vegas