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Missing boy is found after apparently walking 17 miles from L.A. to Gardena

May 14, 2011 |  8:30 pm

If his story is true, a 10-year-old boy must have blisters to show for his trek between his father's home and his mother's.

Earl Stanley Tate was reported missing Friday. He was last seen near the 1900 block of Palm Grove Avenue, not far from the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center in Mid-City Los Angeles. Police found him Saturday morning at his mother’s house in Gardena, according to an LAPD Officer Sara Faden.

“It looks as if the young man actually left his father’s home after 4 in the afternoon and walked a pretty good distance to the city of Gardena to his mother’s home,” she said. “That’s where the officers found him.” She said he was in good condition.

Faden didn’t know how long the walk took, but said Earl had told officers that it was dark when he got to his mother’s house.

It is about 17 miles from Mid-City to Gardena.

-- Mitchell Landsberg