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Missing boy found in woods


Shortly after 5 p.m. on May 19, deputies were dispatched to the 4000 block of US 20 east of LaGrange regarding a missing six-year-old boy. Deputies were advised that the boy was last seen approximately ½ hour before his parents called dispatch.

    Upon arriving at the scene, deputies conducted a search of the house, garage, and areas surrounding the residence. After being unable to locate the missing boy in those areas, deputies requested the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department Dive Team to check a pond near the residence. Multiple K-9 units from several surrounding agencies were contacted to attempt to track the missing juvenile.

    The Indiana State Police Aviation Unit was contacted to perform a flyover of the area to attempt to locate. All LaGrange County Fire departments were contacted to send personnel to the scene to help conduct a full ground search of the surrounding area.

    Approximately two hours after emergency personnel responded to the scene, the missing boy was found unharmed. A family friend who was assisting with the search found the boy lying up against a woodpile in a wooded area behind a residence to the north.

    After the boy was examined by medics, he was released to his parents.

            Assisting at the scene was the LaGrange Police Dept., Topeka Police Dept. K-9 Unit, Orland Police Dept. K-9 Unit, Indiana DNR, Indiana Emergency Management Dist. 3 Task Force K-9 units, Indiana Search and Response Team K-9 units, LaGrange, Wolcottville, Topeka, Shipshewana, Howe, Mongo, Stroh, Albion, Columbia City, and Orland fire departments, and LaGrange County medics.