By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — An Upper Darby man who was promised a $10,000 reward by the City of Philadelphia for going to the aid of a five-year-old kidnap victim last January says he still hasn’t been paid.

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But today, Mayor Nutter was saying the man’s check will be in the mail very soon.

“We will reaffirm to him our deepest appreciation,” the mayor said today in the hallway outside his City Hall office.

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Nutter says the $10,000 reward payment has been approved and Nelson Mandela Myers, the man who found the little girl cowering in an Upper Darby park, will get it next week.

“Certainly meant no offense,” the mayor added, “but as with any big city operation, you know, dispersing a check for whatever purpose still has to go through the normal process and procedure.  So, nothing unusual here, and certainly sorry for any delay.”

The mayor says it’s the first time they have given a reward like this other than for a homicide case.   But an exception was made when the five-year-old girl went missing after being kidnapped from the Bryant Elementary School in Cobbs Creek and the person or people responsible were at large (see related stories).

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