A 13-year-old school student, who went missing from near his home at Kumarapuram here on Monday evening, was traced in Kollam early on Tuesday.

The boy's mother said the Medical College police had informed her that the boy, a Class 8 student, was in police custody at Kottiyam station, in Kollam district.

She said he was safe.

The mother said she had sent him out at around 4.40 p.m. on Monday to Kumarapuram junction to buy milk.

When he did not return home even after an hour, she started searching for him.

She had found his bicycle parked at the junction. But there was no sign of the boy.