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Missing boy, 4, in Santa Paula found safe

Ventura County authorities search for a 4-year-old boy who went missing from a Santa Paula home on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. The child was found within hours.

October 1, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 4-year-old boy in Ventura County was found after going missing for several hours in a rural area in scorching temperatures.

The boy, Anthony Arellanes, wandered off about 10:40 a.m. Monday from the 3600 block of Ojai Road in Santa Paula. He was spotted by authorities around 3:30 p.m. in a dry riverbed. It's unclear how long the boy had been missing before authorities were alerted.

Arellanes was found alert, conscious and talking after a massive search by land and air. He appeared to be in good condition and was taken to the hospital as a precaution, authorities said.

Authorities said the child was visiting his great uncle's 800-acre ranch with family and was playing outdoors with other children before wandering off.

Afternoon temperatures in the Santa Paula area soared to the high 90s.