Authorities locate missing Ilima Intermediate student

Authorities locate missing Ilima Intermediate student
A witness captured a photo of a person she believes is Mitchell Togiai (Image: Matilda Togiai)
A witness captured a photo of a person she believes is Mitchell Togiai (Image: Matilda Togiai)

EWA BEACH, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Ilima Intermediate student who was reported missing has been found, officials said.

A state Department of Education spokeswoman said Mitchell Togiai, a seventh-grader who was reported missing on Monday, was located on Tuesday morning.

Sources say he was found at Ala Moana Center.

It all started on Monday morning when Togiai's mother said his grandmother dropped him off at school at around 7:45 a.m. She later received an alert on her phone that he wasn't at homeroom, but ignored the alert because she thought it was a glitch.

However, when his grandmother went to pick him up, he wasn't at school. That's when the family notified police.

Several hours later, another woman contacted Togiai's mother on Instagram to say she saw him getting on a bus in Downtown Honolulu.

His mother said he went to school wearing a blue Ilima shirt with black jeans, a black hoodie and black backpack. But several witnesses reported seeing him wearing a maroon shirt.

His mother said he's never run away from home or had any problems with anyone.

Togiai is described as 12 years old, about 5'6" and 150 pounds with short black hair.

This story will be updated.

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