LUMBERTON, N.J. (CBS) – A missing 12-year-old boy from Lumberton was found safe on Monday morning. Family members could be heard cheering outside of the Lumberton home after news that Tymin Coleman was located.
“I have not slept. I’ve been worried, I’ve been trying to be positive and be strong for my son these past few hours, and that’s it and I’m just so happy,“ Tymin’s mother Jasmin Jackson said after receiving the news he was located.
A spokesman for the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office told Eyewitness News a citizen found Tymin in a park near Glenwood and Estate Roads, close to where he was last seen around 6 p.m. Sunday evening.
Once Tymin’s family reported him missing, investigators from the prosecutor’s office, Lumberton Township Police Department and New Jersey State Police kicked off an extensive search. Neighbors also helped search for the boy.
“My world just turned. I was upside down,” said Jennifer Jouvin. “It was just so scary because I have two 12-year-old grandkids myself.”
Tymin returned home Monday afternoon after being checked at out at a medical facility. Jackson took a moment to express her gratitude to the search team.
”I just want to thank everyone that helped today — my neighbors, the police, everyone that came together to find my son,” she said.
Community members also expressed relief after a stressful night praying for his safe return.
“When I heard he was safe, oh my God, my life came back to me,” Jouvin said. “That he was safe, because you always want a happy ending in stories like this.”
Authorities say this was not an abduction and no foul play was involved.
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