US reporter covers case of missing boy, accidentally finds him

Angel Gort was found by WSVN journalist Ralph Rayburn.
Angel Gort was found by WSVN journalist Ralph Rayburn. Photo credit: WSVN

An 11-year-old boy who went missing from his south Florida home has been found safe and sound - but it wasn't by the police dogs looking for him.

Instead WSVN TV reporter Ralph Rayburn, who was covering the boy's sudden disappearance, stumbled upon young Angel Gort.

Angel, who has ADHD, ran away from home after his mother insisted he go on a camp that he didn't want to attend.

After a substantial period of time being unable to find him, Angel's family then called police, who deployed a set of bloodhounds to locate the boy's whereabouts.

But the police dogs were unsuccessful in their attempts to find him, and local media started to report on his disappearance.

Among the media pack was Mr Rayburn, whose network WSVN sent him in a helicopter to get some aerial shots of Angel's house.

While in the air, they soon realised the search could well and truly be called off - with Angel popping up on the roof of his family home.

Mr Rayburn told Inside Edition he was stunned to have found the child that police had been searching for.

"Am I seeing what I'm seeing? OK, is that him? That's the kid, on the roof. That's the kid!" he said of his reaction.

Angel was hugely regretful after cops coaxed him down from the roof.

"My mum is embarrassed. I didn't mean to cause any trouble, and I didn't mean to waste any of the police officers' time," he explained.

Angel said he had run away in the past, but vowed that he would never do it again after the most recent experience.

"I was thinking of how hard my mum works to do this, and I just do the most stupidest things sometimes," he said.

"It's very difficult for her, and I'm proud of the patience she has for me."