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Missing Boy, 5, Found Safe; Disappearance Sparked Massive NYPD Search

A 5-year-old boy disappeared early Thursday morning touching off a massive search. Cops say Zachary Nazzario walked away from his parents South Ozone Park apartment around 1 a.m. and disappeared into the New York City night.

As the hours wore on and the temperature climbed, the hunt for the missing boy heated up.

An N.Y.P.D helicopter circled the neighborhood aiding the search around the area of Rockaway Blvd. and 118th Street.

On the ground, Emergency Services Unit cops searched ice chests and backyards sometimes breaking locks to get in. Other officers and detectives could be seen going door-to-door through the neighborhood looking for the boy or any clues as to where he might be.

Cops checked surveillance video.

Police say the boy dissappeared wearing only his blue Batman underwear.

According to police his 23-year-old brother was babysitting him, but he left to go to the store. When he got back he told police the kid was gone.

Cops and neighbors searched.

Raul Perez told PIX11 News, "I think it's a terrible thing to have a 5-year-old missing,and I heard about it and came to see if I could find him myself."

Perez went on to say, "I brought my flashlight to see if I could find him. It's a terrible thing as a parent to not know where your kid is."

At about 8:30 a.m. Thursday, good news filtered through the area. The boy was found safe and sound near the Van Wyck Expressway and Liberty Avenue, about two miles from his home.

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