Montgomery County

Missing Boy, 6, Found Safe After Father's House Was Set on Fire

A boy last seen in Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County, over the weekend was found safe in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Monday afternoon

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Police have found a boy safe in New Jersey after saying he could be in danger following his father's Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, home being set on fire over the weekend.

Initially, Pennsylvania State Police said the 6-year-old was last seen in the area of Limekiln Pike in Wyncote around noon Sunday. At a Monday afternoon news conference, Cheltenham Township Police said the boy and his father, 35-year-old Jaemyung Hwang, likely hadn't been seen since Saturday.

Cheltenham Township Police said Hwang had custody of the boy for the weekend.

Early Sunday morning, Hwang's home caught fire in what investigators said was an arson. No injuries were reported in the 5:15 a.m. fire and the home appeared to be empty, police said.

The boy's mother, who lives in Upper Dublin Township, alerted police that her son was missing Sunday afternoon, Cheltenham Police. Lt. Andy Snyder said.

Hwang was last seen operating a blue 2021 BMW X5 with temporary Virginia tags, state police said while noting the boy could be at risk of harm.

Police used GPS to try and track down the car, police said.

The boy was found safe Monday in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Snyder told NBC10. The boy was with his father and another adult, who is not being identified, inside the BMW.

No one was hurt, but the boy was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Police were working to reunite the boy with his mother.

Hwang and the second man were held by police. Charges are pending for false imprisonment and related counts, police said.

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