JIM THORPE, Pa. - A Jim Thorpe boy who had been missing since Monday morning has been found safe.
Mason Pachulski, 12, who was last seen in the backyard of his home on Center Avenue, was found around 7 p.m. Monday.
"He just decided he was going to go for a walk, not go to school today, I don't know why, he hasn't told us," said his mother, Georgeann Pachulski. "We're just glad that he's home, glad that he's okay."
A sense of relief came over members of the community, especially Mason's family, after a scary day.
"Very difficult, you don't know if he's going to come back, if he's going to be okay," Georgeann said.
Crews spent the day searching on ground and by air.
"We made that very clear that there were upwards, over 100 people here helping to search for him and he did see the helicopter, saw the state police helicopter, he saw the search dogs, and still continued to hide for some reason," said Mark Nalesnik, Carbon County Emergency Management Director.
"We feel that us being in the woods and in the wilderness sections, it maybe caused him to move away from those areas and out in the open where he was spotted," said Nalesnik.
Jim Thorpe Police Chief Joe Schatz said there had been sightings of Mason earlier in the day and someone who was not actively searching for the boy was the one who saw him Monday evening.
"I especially want to thank the good samaritan that does not want his name mentioned that was actually the one that spotted him the last," he said. "Officers had gone down there and had located Mason down in the wooded area, sitting there."
Georgeann Pachulski had a message for the crews who searched for her son.
"Thank you very much, we really appreciate it. Without them who knows how long he would have been hiding," she said. "Just glad that he's all right. He had us all really worried, all his teachers and classmates and friends, family."
It's still not clear why Mason hid for about 12 hours, but many people are just happy he's home.
"It's a great day for us. We're glad to see this outcome," said Chief Schatz.
Nalesnik said, "It's a happy ending and we're all thrilled that it turned out the way it did, 'cause he's safe."
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