Neighbor Locates Missing NJ Boy, 10, After Receiving Alert On His Phone

Kimberly Dole
February 21, 2020 - 8:30 am
Ethan Olivacce

South Brunswick Police

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK , N.J. (WCBS 880) -- A 10-year-old boy from New Jersey is safe and sound after a neighbor got up off his couch to help out in a time of need.

Officials say that Ethan Olivacce, who has autism and is non verbal, ran after his father's car as he left for a trip to the store areound 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday night.

Once Olivacce's parents realized he was missing, they called 911, according to NJ.com.

Using the "Nixle" alert system, South Brunswick officers sent out a town notice in order to spread the word.

Fazil Syed, 40, says he was watching the Democratic presidential debate when he saw the alert on his phone. He grabbed a flashlight and took a walk in hopes of helping to locate the child.

Minutes later, he spotted Ethan, who gave him a big hug.

Police say it's the outcome they were hoping for.

Syed says everyone should sign on to local Nixle alerts, and pay attention to notices on their phones.