Fernandina Beach police: Peter Bresko found safe in Alachua County

Peter J. Bresko, Jr. reported missing Saturday

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FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. – A 12-year-old boy reported missing was found safe in Alachua county Sunday, according to investigators. 

Peter J. Bresko, Jr. has been spending the summer with his father in the Fernandina Beach area.

Police said he was upset about having to return home to his mother's home out of state.

Early on Saturday he was at the Farmer's Market in downtown Fernandina Beach where his father is a vendor. At 11 a.m. Peter left the area to use the restroom.

Police added that Peter was due to return to his mother's home Thursday but got off the plane before take-off. He was later found at the airport and returned to his father.

Just before 9 p.m. Saturday, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a missing child alert for Bresko.

At one point Sunday the boy called the Runaway Children’s Hotline and calmly reported that he was safe and not in danger.  

Authorities said local officers and federal agents near Gainesville eventually located the boy with his Aunt in Alachua County and confirmed his identity. 

The child has been taken into custody by the Department of Children and Families to confirm his wellbeing and to sort out the best course of future action.

Police said the case remains open as investigators consider the complex turn of events.