MISSING BOY FOUND IN FREEDOM

by Christian Mower on June 4, 2013

THE POLICE CHIEF IN FREEDOM SAYS A 4-YEAR-OLD BOY SUFFERED SOME SMALL SCRATCHES BUT WAS OTHERWISE OK AFTER HE RAN INTO A NATURE PRESERVE OFF ROUTE 25 IN FREEDOM LATE TUESDAY MORNING.

JOSH SHACKFORD SAYS A MULTI-AGENCY SEARCH FOR THE BOY THAT INCLUDED AREA POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS, NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE POLICE AND THE CARROLL COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WAS STARTED AFTER AUTHORITIES LEARNED THE BOY WAS MISSING AROUND 11:15 A.M.

SHACKFORD SAYS A PASSERBY REPORTED SEEING THE BOY RUN ACROSS BUSY ROUTE 25 CHASING A DOG AND THE BOY’S MOTHER REPORTED THE DOG HAD BROKEN OFF ITS LEASH.

RESCUERS USED ATVs TO PATROL THE MORE THAN 330-ACRE DR. MELVIN A. HARMON NATURE PRESERVE NEAR ROUTES 25 AND 153 AND THE OSSIPEE RIVER. SHACKFORD SAYS ONE UNIT FOUND THE BOY AND HIS DOG IN THE PRESERVE SHORTLY AFTER NOON TUESDAY ABOUT A HALF MILE IN OFF AN OLD LOGGING ROAD – ENDING THE HOUR-LONG SEARCH THAT INCLUDED AS MANY AS 40 PEOPLE.