Update, Wed. March 21, 1:40 p.m. Malcolm X Principal Alexander Hunt sent an email to school families explaining that the third-grade student walked off school grounds and was found around 4:40 p.m. Wednesday near his grandmother’s house.

The school immediately notified police, the student’s family and the school district, according to the email. Police began “an active search,” aided by district staff.

“Student safety is always a top priority for our learning community and we hope all families will work with us in communicating these expectations to our students,” Hunt wrote.

Update, 4:49 p.m. Berkeley Police report that Duncaan Burdick has been found.

Original story: Berkeley police report that an 8-year-old boy was missing Tuesday. He was last seen at Malcolm X Elementary School at 1:30 p.m. going north on King Street.

Duncaan Burdick, 8, has blond curly hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a blue T-rex hoodie, khaki pants and black rain boots.

Malcolm X school is at 1731 Prince St. (at King Street) in South Berkeley.

In a Nixle alert released around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday the police asked anyone with information about Burdick to call 911 or the police non-emergency line 510-981-5900. Berkeleyside has contacted Malcolm X and Berkeley Unified and will update the story with new information if it is provided.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...