Missing 8-year-old boy from northern Minnesota found safe

Authorities said an 8-year-old boy who was reported missing Thursday evening has been found safe. 

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Leech Lake Police Department had asked for the public's help after the boy left a home on foot around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. It's believed he was walking home after playing with friends, according to police. 

A Minnesota State Patrol helicopter was used to search for the boy Thursday night, according to police.

The Leech Lake Police Department said Friday the boy was found safe. No other details were provided.