More than 1,000 people joined police to search through the night for a six-year-old boy who vanished from a motorway service station.
He was found safe at about 04:15 – nine hours after he went missing at Newport Pagnell services on the M1 near Milton Keynes.
His relieved father said he was “thankful to everyone” who worked “tirelessly” to find his son.
Thames Valley Police thanked locals “who immediately offered help”.
A police helicopter was deployed to find the boy on Friday night, aided by officers on the ground, fire service staff and members of the public.
His father Umair Rahim said on Facebook: “My son has arrived and he is safe now. Thanks for the prayers. Shukar to Allah.
“Thank you to Thames Valley Police helicopter services fire department, and safe and rescue department who worked tirelessly for 9 hours and found him safe.
“There was more than a 1,000 people looking for him I’m thankful to everyone.”
Supt Amy Clements, said: “This was a very difficult operation involving a very young boy and we are relieved to say that he has been found safe and well.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the local community, who immediately offered help in trying to find him.”