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April 2nd, 2010
11:00 AM ET

TV series follows real-life search for runaways

(CNN) – The numbers are staggering. Each year, between one-and-a-half and three million young kids run away from home.

A former New York police detective has made it his job to track them down and his investigations are now the subject of a new TV series called "The Runaway Squad."

Joe Mazzilli, the founder and team leader of "The Runaway Squad," joined us on Friday's American Morning, along with with Vinny Lopez, who was rescued by the runaway squad, and Vinny's father, Israel Lopez.

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  1. Singleton

    What is the worst thing she/he ever did?

    April 3, 2010 at 8:51 pm |
  2. Pastors Dennis & Luz Buhtanic

    We are Vinny Lopez' paternal grandparents, it was a joyful moment to see our grandson son come back home alive. We appreciate what's being done by the media and Joe Mazzelli for missing/exploited children, it's not only important to be on TV, but important for the families and the found child to get therapy, and honestly learn to communicate with their child and not cause further damage by stopping communication with extended family members who suffered during the time the child went missing or ran away because it's what we're going through yet again within the family. Again, thank you, we do pray your story reached many children and it gave them a change of mind of running away, and gives parents/caregivers the courage to seek help for their families.

    April 2, 2010 at 1:53 pm |