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A 5-year-old boy who could not tell Holbrook police where he lived or who his parents were was reunited with relatives shortly after the South Shore force turned to social media for help in identifying the child.

Holbrook Police Chief William Smith said in a statement that the boy was spotted riding his bike by himself on Plymouth Street and police were notified around 10:20 a.m. about a “young boy who was alone outside.”

Responding officers spoke with the child. “The boy was located and appeared to be unharmed,’’ police wrote in the statement. “The boy was unable to tell police where he lived or who his parents are.”

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Holbrook police turned to Facebook, posting a photograph of the child and asking for help in locating relatives. Around 12:30 p.m., police reported they had connected with the child’s relatives and returned him safely.

“Brought home safe and sound...also got some lunch and a new hat!” police wrote on the deparmtent’s Facebook page. “Thank you all for the help!”

The Department of Children and Families was notified of the incident, police said.


Globe correspondents Alyssa Lukpat and Maria Lovato contributed to this report. John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.