AUSTIN, Ark. (KTHV) -- Imagine tucking your child into bed then going in his room to wake him up only to find him missing. That was the case for one Austin father.
Authorities were notified of the missing boy, Douglas James Wilson, around 7:30 this morning but by that time he was already on a plane to see his mother in California.
The boys father has custody of DJ. He went to bed around 10 p.m. last night and the Austin police officers say he left around 3 a.m. in the morning.
When DJ left, he made his bed and took his cell phone, that helped officers track down his where abouts.
They say he spoke to his mother several times throughout the night. That's what helped officers track down his where-a-bouts They say he spoke to his mother several times throughout the night. "The son took his cell phone with him and we noticed that it was off, through assistance with the sheriff's office we did a ping on the and the last time it pinged was with in 1.3 miles of this area," says Austin police chief John Staley.
Chief Staley says Sacramento sheriff deputies picked D-J up at the airport and they are working with his father to get him back to Arkansas.
Authorities say the mother visited D-J in Austin over Thanksgiving and they say that could have led to her to bringing him out to California. One thing officers are still working on is tracking down who brought him to the airport. Chief Staley says Sacramento sheriff deputies picked D-J up at the airport and his father is flying out to bring him back to Arkansas. The case is under investigation.