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Missing 11-year-old boy found hiding at grandmother's home

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Tim returns home safely after being missing for three days Tim returns home safely after being missing for three days
Tim returns home safely after being missing for three days Tim returns home safely after being missing for three days
James Timothy "Tim" Greene James Timothy "Tim" Greene

Written by Chris Dyches - email

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - An 11-year-old boy who was missing for nearly three days was found by police hiding at his grandmother's house.

WBTV's Sarah Batista was at the home of 11-year-old James Timothy Greene, who goes by Tim, speaking with his adoptive mother when she received the call from police that he'd been found safe.

Five minutes later, officers arrived at the home with Tim in their squad car.  He was very emotional and had to be carried into the home, wearing a t-shirt and shorts.

Tim told his mother that he missed his biological grandmother who lives in East Spencer, so he went to see her. 

Tim was taken in by his adoptive parents three years ago after the death of his mother.  We're told she was a friend of the family and asked them to take him into their home.

His adoptive parents were overjoyed when Tim arrived home safely on Tuesday afternoon.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: WBTV cameras catch Tim's reunion with parents

Officers told Tim's parent that they received a tip that Tim could be at his biological grandmother's home.  Officers went out and asked if he was there, but were told no.

Officers were allowed to search the home and found Tim hiding in a back room of the home.  The grandmother told officers that she didn't know he was there.  Tim's parents went out to the home over the weekend, when he went missing, and were told that he wasn't there.

Police will determine if charges will be filed against the grandmother.

When interviewed earlier in the week, before Tim was found, his adoptive father said he hoped the little boy was somewhere safe. Friends and family posted missing person's posters and pleaded for help online.

An Amber Alert was never issued for the missing boy because officers didn't believe he'd been abducted.

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