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Missing 11-year-old found unharmed in Hagerstown

April 24, 2012

HAGERSTOWN — An 11-year-old Northern Middle School student who was the object of a search Tuesday night was found on Chartridge Drive in Hagerstown around 7:50 p.m., city police said.

Police searched for the boy for about 2 1/2 hours when he failed to show up at his home after being dropped off at his regular bus stop at Pangborn Boulevard and Security Road around 2:45 p.m., according to Sgt. Stewart Heckman, a spokesman for the Hagerstown Police Department.

The boy did not say much after he was found, Heckman said.

He basically said he “wandered off and couldn’t find his way back,” Heckman said.

Police had been waiting for a bloodhound to join the search team to help find the boy, Heckman said.

A backpack had been found that was believed to have belonged to the boy, and police were hoping to get the boy’s scent off it to use for the dog search, Heckman said.

Residents also were helping to look for the boy in areas including Pangborn Park, he said.

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