SAN DIEGO — Police say a 13-year-old boy who had been missing for several days after he ran away from his home in Tijuana and made his way into San Diego has been found safe.

Misael Ortiz left home on May 4 and came into the U.S. via the Otay Mesa Port of Entry, officials said in a tweet. “Ortiz has never run away before and his motives are unknown,” the alert added.

Authorities Sunday morning said Ortiz was spotted in downtown San Diego, near Petco Park.

Misael Ortiz, a missing 13-year-old boy believed to have walked into the U.S. from his hometown of Tijuana. (Photo: San Diego Police Department)
Misael Ortiz, a missing 13-year-old boy believed to have walked into the U.S. from his hometown of Tijuana. (Photo: San Diego Police Department)
Police provided this image as an example of the backpack Misael Ortiz, a missing 13-year-old, was believed to be traveling with. (Photo: San Diego Police Department)
Police provided this image as an example of the backpack Misael Ortiz, a missing 13-year-old, was believed to be traveling with. (Photo: San Diego Police Department)

While Ortiz left home May 4, Sunday’s notice was the first time local authorities notified the public about the missing boy.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the young teen reached the downtown area from the Otay Mesa border crossing. A bus service connects the port of entry to the trolley, which could have taken him to the area described by police.

Check back for updates to this developing story.