Missing 12-year-old boy found safe in Volusia County

Woman spots Adriel Thomas on bike near DeLeon Springs

Adriel Thomas.
Adriel Thomas.

DELTONA, Fla. – A missing 12-year-old boy who never returned home from a friend's house was found safe Wednesday in Volusia County.

Adriel Thomas was found by deputies around 12:10 p.m. after a woman spotted the boy riding his bike eastbound on State Road 40 near DeLeon Springs.  The woman said she recognized the boy after watching television reports.

Deputies said Adriel was in good condition and would be reunited with his family.

He had been at a friend's house about three blocks from his Deltona house Tuesday night, deputies said, and was reported missing after he didn't show up at home.

The boy's mother said her son had run away in the past, but never at night and he had never been gone for long.  She also said her son had been upset because she had turned off his cellphone service.