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Children missing in wooded area near Berkeley Springs returned home

January 29, 2012

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Three children who had been missing in a wooded area south of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., were found Sunday afternoon, according to Washington County Emergency Services.

The children were checked out by paramedics and released to their parents, said Assistant Fire Chief D.J. Zahnow with the Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Department.

Morgan County (W.Va.) Emergency Services requested search assistance from firefighters in Clear Spring and Hancock, but the children were found before those firefighters arrived, a Washington County 911 dispatcher said.

Washington County got the call for assistance from Morgan County around 12:40 p.m. Sunday, a 911 dispatcher said. They were responding with people, apparatus and an all-terrain vehicle, he said.

The children are a 10-year-old girl and two boys ages 5 and 7, according to a news release from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.

The children were found about an hour after Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputy C.H. Cobern arrived on the scene, the release said.

The children were within sight of the parents near their home, but had gone into the woods to build a fort, according to the release.

The search was conducted in a wooded area along Mesner Road off U.S. 522 south of Berkeley Springs, the dispatcher said.

West Virginia State Police said the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office was handling the case.

— Julie E. Greene

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