UPDATE: Police find 12-year-old boy who went missing Wednesday morning

Micheal Veal. Courtesy of LBPD.

UPDATE: DEC. 6, 6:36 AM | The 12-year-old with developmental disabilities who went missing in Long Beach Wednesday morning is back with his family, according to police.

LBPD patrol officers found the boy safe at a shopping center in Lakewood, police announced late Wednesday night on Twitter.

PREVIOUSLY | A 12-year-old boy with developmental disabilities is missing and police are asking for the public’s help to find him.

The boy, Micheal Veal, was last seen by his parent at 5 a.m., Wednesday morning at his home in the De Forest neighborhood near Linden Avenue and 61st Street. When the parent returned home four hours later, the boy was gone, according to a statement from the Long Beach Police Department.

Veal was last seen wearing a yellow and purple Lakers sweatshirt, gray pants and red shoes. He is described as African-American with black hair and brown eyes, is about 5-foot-3 inches tall and 110 pounds.

Local hospitals, law enforcement agencies and public transit have all been notified.

Anyone who sees Veal or has information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Long Beach Police Department at 562-435-6711 or 911.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.