Boy prompts search but he was never lost

TURNERS FALLS — A child’s brief disappearance prompted a search by air and land Tuesday afternoon and ended well after the boy was found safe and nearby.

Sgt. Christopher Bonnett of the Montague Police Department said Turners Falls Fire Department, State Police and Erving Police assisted the department in a search of the Unity Park area after the 9-year-old’s grandmother reported him missing around 4:45 p.m.

Bonnett said 13 searched in a grid, mostly on foot, and the State Police air wing checked the banks of the nearby Connecticut River.

Seven search parties canvassed all of downtown, Bonnett said, and one team found the boy in a wooded area near Unity Park approximately an hour and a half after he was reported missing.

The boy had left his grandparents’ downtown residence on his bicycle and they became concerned when he didn’t return as quickly as they had expected, more so after they found his bicycle between the park and the Town Hall.

“We did a grid search and it worked,” Bonnett said. “We found him not far from where his bike was.” Bonnett said the boy wasn’t lost, he was just hanging out.

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