SAVANNAH, GA (April 19, 2011): The massive search for a missing 5-year-old ended happily Tuesday night when a relative called to announce she was driving him home, unaware of the growing army saturating the area around his home.

Cedrick Jinks had walked away from his family’s apartment on Peachtree Place in the Woodlake Subdivision west of Libery City about 5 p.m.  to a park where he frequently plays with cousins. Their mother, unaware he was at the park without permission, took him home with her children for dinner and was preparing to drive him home when she called and  learned of the search.

Between 7 p.m. and 8:30 patrol officers from all five precincts, search-and-rescue teams from Southside Fire and Chatham Emergency Management Agency, Savannah Fire, Southside EMS, Savannah Area Regional Intelligence Center, West Chatham Precinct detectives and Special Victims Unit investigators as well as SCMPD’s Eagle One helicopter had saturated a three-mile area, wary of approaching night and mosquitos.

The frightened youth was returned to his apartment and the search disbanded about 8:30 p.m.

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