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Missing Tijuana boy, last seen in San Diego

SAN DIEGO — Police say a 13-year-old boy has been missing for several days after he ran away from his home in Tijuana and made his way to San Diego.

Misael Ortiz left home on May 4 and entered the United States via the Otay Mesa Port of Entry, officials said in a tweet. “Ortiz has never run away before and his motives are unknown,” the alert added.

Authorities said he was recently spotted in downtown San Diego near Petco Park.

Misael Ortiz, a missing 13-year-old boy believed to have made his way to the United States from his hometown of Tijuana. (Photo: San Diego Police Department)
Misael Ortiz, a missing 13-year-old boy believed to have made his way to the United States from his hometown of Tijuana. (Photo: San Diego Police Department)

Police described Ortiz as a Hispanic teenager who was about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighed about 110 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a black sweater with a lion picture on it, blue jeans and black and white sneakers. He was also carrying a backpack.

He has a relative in town but is not with them, police added.

Officials asked anyone who might spot the boy or have information on his whereabouts to contact the department on the non-emergency number 619-531-2000 or Detective Castellanos at 619-424-0489. The case number is 22400677.

Police provided this image as an example of the backpack believed to be traveling with Misael Ortiz, a missing 13-year-old. (Photo: San Diego Police Department)
Police provided this image as an example of the backpack believed to be traveling with Misael Ortiz, a missing 13-year-old. (Photo: San Diego Police Department)

While Ortiz left his home on May 4, Sunday’s announcement marked the first time local authorities informed the public of the missing boy.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the young teenager got downtown from the Otay Mesa border crossing. A bus service connects the port of entry with the trolley that could have taken him to the area described by police. Officials did not mention any potential companions traveling with the boy.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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