MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The 11-year-old Conway boy reported missing earlier has been found. The vehicle
was also located in Myrtle Beach, police confirmed.
The young boy and his father reunited at the boy's stepmother's home on Holly Circle, shortly after police confirmed the car was located.
At around 5 p.m., the black 2012 Buick Regal four-door vehicle was recovered on Naylor Avenue within city limits, said Lt. Crosby, with the Myrtle Beach Police Department.
The boy said he rode his bike to Holly Circle and then to a neighbor's house after leaving the car on Naylor Avenue.
The neighbor reportedly called the boy's father and told him the child had been located.
The boy and his father were reunited around 6:30 p.m.
It was a teary, but happy reunion tonight when Patrick Cruz was reunited with his father
The two cried in each other's arms, thankful it was all over.
The first question his father asked him, is why he would do this.
"I wanted to see my grandma," Patrick cried.
11 year old patrick first drove his fathers car to his friend's house.
His family couldn't believe Patrick drove.
"We've never taught him how to drive, so we were surprised he was even in the car and made it to a point," Wayne Cruz said.
Patrick said he knew how to drive just by watching his father and grandfather.
"I knew what to do, which one was the gas and which one was the brake," Patrick said.
Patrick drove the car to Naylor Avenue in Myrtle Beach, about a half hour from his home.
"We go back and forth a lot, so I watched," Patrick explained.
His brother, Wayne Cruz, had an idea why Patrick was headed there.
"He drove the car to, you know, where all of his friends and stuff are,"Cruz said.
Cruz says it's only been a few months since Patrick has lived in Conway.
"I drove the car, I guess, and then my friends bike," Patrick added.
Patrick rode his friend's bike across the city, to where his grandmother and stepmother live on Holly Circle.
"He's only 11 yeah, he's not a bad kid really, he's real quiet. I mean we were going to wake up and the car would be missing and it would be my little brother who took the car," Cruz said.
Patrick was missing for more than 12 hours. His family says they are happy to have him home safe because the car is replaceable, but he's not.