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Missing boy found

July 23, 2005|by Marlo Barnhart

A 7-year-old boy who was believed missing Friday afternoon after a bus trip to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., was found sometime later - asleep in the empty bus, Hagerstown Police Sgt. Tim Wolford said.

The boy's mother notified authorities shortly before 5 p.m. that her son hadn't returned with the group to the Hagerstown Boys & Girls Club at the Frederick Manor Community Center, Wolford said.

When the center was checked, there was no one there and no bus.

Wolford said Officer Sean Flanagan spoke with a staff member from the Boys & Girls Club and learned that the bus company was Atlantic Coast Trailways. The bus was found parked at the company property on Oak Ridge Drive with the boy inside.

"We went there looking for the child and he was found in the bus, still asleep," Wolford said.

Although an ambulance from Community Rescue Service was called as a precaution, the boy was returned to his mother, Wolford said.

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- Marlo Barnhart

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