Missing child found after hours in the woods

 

FI-Police-patch-eastonA 12-year-old youth reported missing after being dropped off by a school bus driver at his house was found in the woods more than three hours later.

The boy was treated for mild hypothermia and a mild sprained ankle but was otherwise OK, police said.

School administrators called the Easton Police Department Jan. 29 at 4:15 p.m. to report the student was missing, police said. The bus driver remembered the child getting off the bus and walking up the driveway toward his house.

Officer Tamra French and Officer Donald Kinahan immediately began a search and requested K9 assistance from the Monroe Police Department.

The Easton Volunteer Fire Department assisted with thermal imaging cameras. Surrounding towns were notified. Soon after Fairfield officers arrived to help with the search along with officers from Weston and Westport.

Evidence showed footprints into the woods and through several icy areas where footprints had broken through the ice into the water, which was  approximately one- to two-feet deep, police said. Tracks continued across the Aspetuck River.

A Weston officer found the boy in the area of Redding Road at approximately 7:30 p.m.  The Easton Volunteer Emergency Medical Service treated him for mild hypothermia and a mild sprained ankle.

The boy said he was afraid his parents would be mad at him because the school called them that day, police said.

The Easton Police Department said that it would like to thank all of the officers from other departments who helped in the search.

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