Missing children found in two separate searches

Posted Feb. 07, 2010, at 10:14 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:34 a.m.

LUDLOW, Maine — A 7-year-old boy who last was seen in bed at his Ludlow home Saturday night was found Sunday asleep in thick growth in woods about three-quarters of a mile from his home, according to the Maine Warden Service.

The boy was taken by Houlton Ambulance to Houlton Regional Hospital where he was being evaluated Sunday afternoon for frostbite on his fingers and toes.

A search in Hope for a 7-year-old girl who had become separated from her mother while snowshoeing ended quickly Sunday when Warden Michelle Merrifield, who was en route to the search, saw the girl come out of the woods. The girl, who was not injured, was returned home, according to a press release issued by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

The boy and his black Labrador puppy had been missing for more than six hours when he was located around 1:30 p.m. by volunteer searcher Paul Hemingway, the release said. The warden service received the call regarding the missing boy before noon Sunday.

Hemingway had been searching between a snowmobile trail and a road when he saw tracks made by a small child and a dog. The boy woke up and answered Hemingway when Hemingway called out to him, according to the release.

Hemingway carried the boy to the road and met a couple who drove the pair to the boy’s home.

Several wardens, a Maine state trooper, U.S. Border Patrol agents, and several volunteers searched for the boy.

The incident is under investigation.

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