For this reporter, being at the right place at the right time meant relieving a worried family of their worst fears.
Paul Ezekial Fagan, of Tampa, Florida, was reported missing from his grandmother's house last week, WFLA reported. The 10-year-old had been missing for more than half a day when reporter Cameron Polom and his cameraman were in the boy's neighborhood to report on his disappearance, according to ABC Action News. While on the job, the reporter spotted a tired-looking child who matched Paul's description wandering about in a nearby yard.
"He’s looking at me and I’m thinking, 'Could this possibly be this kid? Is this really happening?'" Polom told Today.com. "It was a very surreal moment."
Polom immediately took the child to law enforcement officials, who returned the boy to his family.
The 10-year-old, who went missing around 4 p.m. on Thursday, told the reporter that he had left his grandmother's house to get some alone time, away from his little brother, Today.com reported. Paul, who is under his grandmother's custody, spent some of the time he was missing at a neighbor's backyard taking a nap. When Polom saw the boy around 7 a.m. the next day, Paul was in good condition and unharmed -- only a bit scared he would be scolded.
"When I saw him, he looked not only tired, but he looked scared he might be in trouble. He’s 10 years old and he's a smart kid — he knew he was in a little bit of trouble for what he had done," Polom told Today.com.
Paul didn't have much to worry about as his family was overjoyed to see him, hugging the boy the moment they were reunited with him, according to ABC.