Lost Vancouver toddler found safe

Boy last seen around 1:15 a.m. in Vancouver

By Craig Brown, Columbian metro editor

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Updated: March 28, 2014, 7:08 AM

 
Boy reported missing

A 3-year-old boy missing overnight from a home in the 5400 block of Northeast 34th Street was found safe Friday morning.

“We’ve got him,” an officer radioed just after 7 a.m.

The toddler was apparently found by a neighbor. Police took him to their nearby West Precinct, where he was checked by medics and reunited with his mother.

Ajay J. Sardis was staying with a relative at her apartment on 34th Street when he was last seen about 1:15 a.m. The relative woke to check on Ajay at about 3 a.m., found him missing, and notified police.

The door to the apartment was unlocked. The boy reportedly had no hat, coat or shoes.

Police and firefighters searched the area, and asked neighbors to check areas in and around their homes, especially in places where a 3-year-old might hide to get out of the rain and cold. It was one of those neighbors who found the boy around 7 a.m.

A TV image showed the boy alert, sitting on an officer’s lap in a squad car, wearing a Vancouver police hat.