A sixth-grader from Port Jefferson Middle School, who disappeared from his school bus stop Monday afternoon and subsequently incited a village-wide missing child search, has been found safe and unharmed, Suffolk County police confirmed.
Around 6 p.m., Port Jefferson School District Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Bossert sent an automated telephone message to all the parents in the district informing them that a middle school student had not come home from school today. Bossert asked parents to be on the lookout for Tafari Baker, a sixth grader at Port Jefferson Middle School.
According to the message, the young boy had arrived at his bus stop in Port Jeff Village around 2:30 p.m., but had not arrived home by 6 p.m. At 6:05 p.m., Bossert asked parents in the community to call Tafari’s mother, if they had seen him.
Just about thirty minutes later, around 6:37 p.m., residents received a second call from school officials to report that Tafari had been found unharmed. The school district credited the Suffolk County Police Department and Port Jefferson Constable Chief Wally Tomaszewski for finding the pre-teen. It was not clear where the boy had been found or how he went missing.
A Suffolk County police spokesperson could not immediately comment on the situation, beyond saying that the child had been located.