Couple says they aren't heroes, police praise them
3:10 PM, Dec 1, 2016
11:51 AM, Dec 2, 2016
GRAND CHUTE, Wis. - The family of a missing 11-year-old boy is breathing a sigh of relief thanks to one caring couple.
Authorities say Tupak went missing from his mother's car around 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 29 while she was dropping off a job application.
After hours of searching for the boy, the Outagamie County Dispatch Center received a call from Matt McCabe stating he and his wife, Gayle, had found Tupak walking along the side of the road.
"We truly believe things happen for a reason and that this was a case of being in the right place at the right time," Gayle told NBC26.
The couple waited patiently with Tupak on the grass at the intersection of N. Casaloma Drive and N. Victory Lane in Grand Chute until police officers arrived at the scene.
"We don't consider ourselves heroes at all. We only did what we would have wanted someone to do if it was one of our children that was missing," Gayle said.
Although authorities say Tupak was cold when they arrived, he was not injured. Tupak was still tended to by the Gold Cross Ambulance and the Grand Chute Fire First Responders as a precaution.
"We consider ourselves blessed that we were able to play a small part in the safe return of this sweet young boy," Gayle stated. "My heart is beyond happy for him and his family."
Appleton police Sergeant David Lund says he's impressed the McCabes stayed informed by following the alerts from police, and the news, which ended up helping them positively identify Kue.
"As luck would have it for law enforcement, and for this family, they took all the proper steps to stop," says Lund, "and take care of the child until first responders could get back over to him."
Appleton police sergeant david lund says... He's impressed the mccabes... Stayed informed.. by following the alerts from police.. and the news... Which ended up helping them... Positively identify kue.