Debra Seaton had barely slept since last Thursday, the day her 16-year-old son, Jake, disappeared from their Kips Bay home.
But yesterday morning, on Mother’s Day, Seaton’s phone rang and she learned that Jake was in good health and with New Jersey police officers.
"Any day would have been Mother’s Day if he came home," Seaton told Metro. "My gift is my son."
When the boy went missing, the family launched a massive search, asking local TV stations and media outlets to help find Jake. Police officers stopped him when they found him wandering in Summit, New Jersey. They asked for his ID, and then called his home address, where his frantic mother picked up the phone.
When she picked him up at 11 a.m. Sunday morning, her son didn’t say anything at first.
"We just hugged for about twenty minutes and didn’t let go," she said.
It is still unclear where he went after he disappeared Thursday afternoon, or why the teen left home.
Seaton, her husband, and their three sons celebrated the day together with a picnic in Central Park.