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May 6, 2014 3:14 PM by Sara Donchey

Parents Desperate to Find Runaway Son

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Ten-year-old Donavain Rodriguez was missing for four days, and his parents were distraught.

Corpus Christi PD announced the boy was found around 7pm Tuesday once a woman who lives on Antelope called police to report the boy was with her.

Police did not provide further information on how she knows the boy.

KRIS 6 News' Sara Donchey spoke with his parents this afternoon before he was found.

"He's not here. I go to work and he's--I know he's not where he should be," his mother Dorothy Palafox sobbed. "He's not home."

Donavain's father Jeffrey said he dropped his son off at the Student Support Center on Greenwood early Friday morning.

Palafox said it seemed like a normal day, but shortly after class began his son Donavain got in trouble.

When the principal removed him from class, Donavain ran off.

It was the last time anyone saw or heard from him.

This isn't the first time the boy has been in trouble at school; he's even run away before--but never for this long.

"It was actually a good week," Dorothy Palafox explained. "...It just seems different...it's different this time."

For the past few days, the Palafoxes have been frantically trying to find their son.

They've posted his picture all over Facebook and reported him missing to police.

They've driven around town for hours in their truck, even into the night.

Even though Donavain has been in trouble several times at school, his parents say they're not giving up on their son.

"He's got some things that he's gotta work through, but it's not impossible," Dorothy Palafox said. "You know, he's little. A lot of it (is that) he still can't put it together. He's still searching for some answers i guess."

UPDATE: Shortly after our story aired, a woman called police and turned over Donavain Rodriguez. Police didn't have any immediate details on who he was with or where, but he has since been reunited with his parents.

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