Missing boy found in Boonsboro

March 29, 2011
  • Washington County Sheriff's deputies are pictured Tuesday during a search for a 12-year-old boy missing from his home near Boonosboro. The boy was found early Tuesday afternoon.
By Dan Dearth/Staff Writer

BOONSBORO — A 12-year-old boy who was reported missing shortly before noon Tuesday was found almost three hours later in Shafer Memorial Park in Boonsboro, Boonsboro police Sgt. Rich Poffenberger said.

Poffenberger said he believed the boy was found with the help of an automated calling system that notified local residents.

“Apparently, one of the postal workers in Boonsboro spotted him in the park and followed him,” Poffenberger said.

Poffenberger said he believed the boy ran away from his home near Appletown Road in the Boonsboro area because of a domestic dispute.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies waited at the boy’s home while Maryland State Police conducted a search using a bloodhound and a helicopter. Authorities escorted the boy back to his house at about 1:40 p.m.

“We got the little guy back, and we’ll see what the problem is,” Poffenberger said. “We’ll go from there.”

Poffenberger said the Boonsboro Police Department assisted the sheriff’s office and state police with the search.

— Dan Dearth

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