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Merrimack Valley

November 27, 2012

Missing boy launches ground search

ANDOVER — Local and state police were called in to help find a missing 10-year-old West Elementary School boy yesterday afternoon

Police first heard about the missing boy at 12:53 p.m. He was found close to an hour later on a neighboring golf course, according to Andover Police Chief Brian Pattullo.

Scanner reports indicated that the boy had last been seen outside of the school, and he was unable to get in because the doors were locked.

“Once they realized that had happened, they put their policies in motion to secure the school and notify us,” Pattullo said. “It all happened the way it was supposed to.”

Four State Police dog units were called in to help with the search. Additional support from a state police helicopter was also requested, but it was cancelled due to the weather, Pattullo said.

Police learned the boy’s location after receiving calls from Spencer Court residents who saw him walking along property tree lines, according to Pattullo. Spencer Court runs behind the school property, and the golf course area the boy was found on is just northwest of the school.

While the boy wandered off after being locked out of the building, Pattullo said the school buildings are all locked so random people “can’t just walk in” during school hours.

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