Search for missing Ossining boy ends in tears of joy

Police in Ossining reunited a missing boy with his mother after an intense search Thursday night, only hours after he had disappeared.Sean Phillips, a 12-year-old with special needs, had wandered away from his home earlier in the evening after getting upset. His mother, Melissa, became frantic when he didn't return and her searching proved unsuccessful. She called police, and a massive search was launched immediately.A county police helicopter scoured the area from above, while bloodhounds and patrol units looked for Sean at street level. Officers even started handing out flyers of the missing boy. One couple recognized Sean, and told police they saw him on South Highland Avenue. A short time later, police found him in front of 117 South Highland Ave.Apparently, Sean had gone to visit his babysitter, whose home was almost two miles away. Sean had made the entire journey barefoot.

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