The fourth grader's mother reported him missing to the Columbus Police Department Monday after he went to take the trash out at the Avalon Apartments off Cusseta Road and never came back.
"I started off really concerned. I thought somebody had kidnapped him. He's out of harm's way. Thank God," said Shemeka Fletcher, his aunt.
The boy's mother also said she was worried sick wondering where he spent the night and if he had anything to eat.
Detectives combed the area all day Tuesday searching for the child, neighbors were on guard and family members prayed.
Then, just after 1 PM, nearly four miles away from his home, investigators say Donquarious turned up on a doorstep in the Historic District.
Police say the child walked up to a home in the 600 block of 3rd Avenue in downtown Columbus and the homeowner called 911.
All police are saying at this point is that the little boy was not injured and stayed with a friend.
"It doesn't matter where he was at. I'm just so thankful for him to be home. I have a Facebook page and I had posted a wall post stating he was missing and everybody started posting comments trying to find him, contacting other people to locate him and with all that being done and said, he's back home. He's safe," his aunt told WTVM.
"I have four kids of my own and I send them to the trash can all the time. It just shows you how nowhere is safe," added a neighbor, Lakeisha Table.
Donquarious Fletcher was taken to the Columbus Public Safety Building Tuesday to speak with officers so that investigators can piece together his whereabouts over the past day.
We're told he is back with family members.