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Missing Middlebury Boy Found Safe After Hypothermia Concern

Credit: Patch
Credit: Patch

A 12-year-old boy who lived in the Green Hill Road area of town was reported missing after having an argument with his parents, Middlebury police said.

Police were dispatched to the neighborhood at approximately 9:28 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. The boy had been missing for approximately 30 minutes prior to the call and wasn’t wearing a coat, they said.

“The concern was hypothermia with a temperature right around seven degrees,” according to a press release from Middlebury Acting Chief Richard Wildman.

Police searched the neighborhood with K-9s from Middlebury and Connecticut State Police Troop A of Southbury and checked with friends of the child, but didn’t find the boy.

“After about an hour, a second wave of response with additional search and rescue dog teams were being assembled,” police said. “The child came out of the wooded area and rang the bell of a neighborhood home.”

At around 9:41 p.m., police went to the house and located the boy. The Middlebury Fire Department’s ambulance was on standby and the boy warmed up in the ambulance, as his core temperature was at 97.6 degrees, Wildman said. He was then released to his parents.

Middlebury Sgt. John Desmarais supervised the scene and the search.

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