EAST LIVERPOOL - An intensive search Tuesday night for a 9-year-old Birch Road boy ended when he was found by residents not far from where he had wandered from his home.
St. Clair Township Patrolman Ryan Stovall said the boy had been put to bed and when his parents checked on him about 8 p.m., found him gone, apparently having sneaked out a bedroom window.
Calcutta Fire Chief Scott Smith said the boy wandered into a heavily wooded area and his department was notified by St. Clair Township police at 8:30 p.m. that he could not be found.
Glenmoor Fire Department also responded to assist with the search, and West Point Fire Department was called since it was not known whether the child had wandered into that jurisdiction since St. Clair and Madison townships merge in that area.
North Star Critical Care ambulance crews, township K-9 officer Chris Davis and his partner Axel also took part in the search, with a helicopter from STAT MedEvac also offering its assistance by lighting the ground below from the air.
Smith said he sent four two-man crews into the woods to quickly search bodies of water but that he didn't want them to trample too much of the woods before the K-9 began tracking.
Just before 10 p.m., the boy was found by a resident who took him inside and began trying to get him warm, according to Smith, who said the child was wearing a coat but overtop pajamas.
He was taken into the ambulance for further warming but was not injured, Smith said, adding, "He wasn't real far from home."
The fire department cleared the scene by 10:15 p.m.