ENFIELD, Maine — About 10 searchers combed woods and roads off Route 155 for almost two hours before finding a 7-year-old boy who had escaped his grandfather’s care on Friday, officials said.
The boy, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was examined at Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln after searchers found him near Cold Stream Pond at about 5 p.m., Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department Deputy David Duplisea said.
The boy was examined at the hospital and then released to his grandfather’s care, Duplisea said.
“He got a little wet and cold at the pond,” the deputy said Friday.
Dispatchers at the Penobscot Regional Communications Center in Bangor said the incident began when they received a 911 call from the grandfather at about 3:20 p.m. reporting the boy missing from his Route 155 home.
The grandfather told police that the boy was doing homework when he fled, Duplisea said.
A Maine Warden Service game warden and helicopter, several deputies, an off-duty state police sergeant, David Millett, the boy’s uncle and his friend were among those who searched. The deputy said he had told the grandfather to remain home in case the boy returned.
The helicopter, which happened to be nearby, received the call and did a few passes over the area just as the boy was found, Duplisea said.