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Westchester boy missing overnight found safe today

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A 12-year-old boy who went missing from a Westchester Township home around 9 p.m. Monday was found, safe and unharmed, this morning.

The boy’s disappearance from the residence in the 1700 block of Starwood Drive prompted an intensive search during the early morning hours. That search was subsequently suspended but resumed at 8:30 a.m. today and the boy was located about an hour later, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police reported.

PCSP officers initially responded with a K-9 unit, then around midnight the Porter County Search & Rescue Team--with Porter Fire Chief Jay Craig, Porter County EMA Agent Michah Bell, and the unit’s new K-9, Jakob--responded as well. In addition, the Valparaiso Police Department deployed its drone, which has infrared capability.

Searchers combed the woods around the home, backyards, trees, and even rooftops, Chesterton Fire Chief John Jarka told the Chesterton Tribune, but to no avail. The CFD participated in the search too but returned to station at 2:23 a.m.

Then, at 10:48 a.m., searchers succeeded in locating the boy. The PCSP did not say where he was found.


Posted 6/26/2018




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