JUPITER (CBSMiami) – A boy who went missing in Jupiter has been found.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed that Dominic Caprio was found safe and they have canceled the Amber Alert.
Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow told CBS4’S Peter D’Oench, “Through the coordinated efforts of local, state and federal agencies, along with our media partners, we were able to bring this case to a successful conclusion. Although the details surrounding this incident are still under investigation, I want to thank everyone for their assistance and cooperation.”
The chief said detectives spoke with a private legal counsel mediator to arrange the child’s safe return.
The FBI, FDLE and the Center for Missing and Exploited Children were involved in this case.
The police chief said Dominic was back home with his mother who lives four miles away from the police department.
Dominic was last seen at 12:24 Thursday afternoon when his mother left him at their home in the care of his nanny, Blanca Castro, 57. When she got back an hour later, both her son and the nanny were gone.
Castro was tracked down and arrested in Miami-Dade. She is charged with kidnapping and is being held without bond at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in West Miami-Dade.
After it was discovered that Dominic was missing, the investigation then turned to his grandparents, 64-year-old Luis and 60-year-old Elizabeth Caprio, who live near S. LeJuene Road and Park Avenue in Miami. Jupiter police said they were driving a blue BMW.
That car was seen sitting in the couple’s driveway. It’s parked in reverse and behind a gate. But no one was home.
“My gut reaction is that it probably isn’t a misunderstanding,” said a neighbor, who asked not to use her name. “Just because, you know, it seems fairly suspicious that they’re looking for the car. The car’s there.”
She said, despite it being a friendly neighborhood, the couple is rarely seen.
“They don’t walk down the street, they don’t come out with their dog, they’re not out and about,” she continued. “They drive in their driveway and then close the gate.”
Another neighbor, however, said he’s known the couple for 12 years and, according to him, the child has been living with his grandparents and goes to school in the area. He said this is not a case of kidnapping.
“They’ve been caring for the grandchild for several months, so somebody would have to explain to me how you can, you know, ‘abduct’ someone you’ve been caring for,” said Fernando Munoz.
CBS4 also checked with the Department of Children and Families. DCF said it had no history with the child’s family.