The police department in Brookline, Mass., said Friday that 16-year-old Caleb Jacoby was found safe in New York City’s Times Square.

Jacoby, an 11th-grader at the Maimonides School in suburban Boston, had been missing since midday on January 6.

The Brookline Police Department issued a statement Thursday at 9:48 PM EST, saying Jacoby had been found. The Brookline Police said it had collaborated with other law enforcement groups and tipped off the NYPD that Jacoby might be in New York.

“Based upon this information at approximately 9 PM New York City Police informed us they had located Caleb and he was safe and sound,” the statement continued. “Plans are now being formulated to transport Caleb back home.”

A post on Facebook urges the public to help in the search for Caleb Jacoby (photo credit: courtesy)

A post on Facebook urges the public to help in the search for Caleb Jacoby (photo credit: courtesy)

The case drew national attention, in part because the youth is the son of Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby.

Tweets and Facebook posts by members of the Jacoby family confirmed the Maimonides School student had been found safe.

“All we can think of at this moment is how wonderful it will be to see Caleb again and shower him with love,” Caleb’s father, Jeff, wrote in a tweet.

“Thank you god for hearing the prayers and for finding our Caleb,” posted his aunt Debby Jacoby on Facebook. ”We are waiting to hug him and hug him and hug him some more.”

Some 200 volunteers, including friends and neighbors of the family as well as members of local Jewish groups, searched throughout the Boston area in a coordinated effort on Wednesday. The effort was spearheaded by the Maimonides School.

“Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers from the entire community who participated in the ongoing search for Caleb Jacoby today. We are deeply grateful for this outpouring of support,” the school posted on its Facebook page. “We will continue to support the outstanding efforts of the Brookline Police Department, and provide updates with new information as appropriate. We continue to pray for Caleb’s safe return.”