Police had issued an alert for the boy who has a condition that could put him in danger.
Neighbors and police were still fanning out to search for the 13-year-old Monday morning and then around 8:40 a.m., investigators learned he may have been spotted roughly eight miles away playing basketball in Geneva.
Police said a resident recognized the teen from his missing child photo and that's how detectives were able to confirm this was indeed the Aurora boy.
Police say the 13-year-old aurora teen had been last seen around 4:30 p.m. Sunday in this neighborhood. But police weren't notified he was missing until around 10 p.m.
Investigators quickly began searching with a k-9 and drone team because, according to police, the boy has special needs. But the search was suspended because of the darkness around 3 a.m.
Neighbors who planned to take part in a search party said they have seen the boy walking by himself in the neighborhood to play basketball before.
UPDATE: The missing endangered 13-year-old has been located safely. Thank you to the community for their assistance in locating the teenager.— Aurora Police Department (@AuroraPoliceIL) June 29, 2020
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