A Canadian family in Canada is rejoicing after their kidnapped son was returned to them unharmed early Sunday.
Four days earlier, three-year-old Kienan Hebert was abducted from his bedroom.
Officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and other volunteers searched for the boy for several days.
The boy turned up where no one was looking, back inside his house. He was found sitting on the couch with a blanket.
"In 26 years of policing, I have never seen this," RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said.
Moskaluk said police got a call about 3 a.m. Sunday telling officers the boy had been returned to the Hebert home, which was vacant at the time because the parents were staying with neighbors.
The boy was found at the Heberts' home immediately after the call, Moskaluk said.
"It's truly remarkable," the officer said.
"To the person that returned Kienan safely to our family, I would like to say 'Thank you.' It was the right thing to do," Kienan's father, Paul Hebert, said as a he choked back tears.
Police don't know why the abductor had a change of heart and returned the boy. But they say they are searching for a known sex offender known to live in the same community.