CLIFTON, Maine — What began as a case of three lost boys was wrapped up before a search could begin late Wednesday morning.
“The initial report said three young boys were lost in Clifton at a residence on Route 180,” said Sgt. William Birch of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department. “I didn’t even start a search or anything. We responded, but turned it over to the wardens service.”
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spokeswoman Deborah Turcotte said the call and response occurred around 11 a.m.
“The kids were out in the woods and the mom was concerned when they didn’t come in,” Turcotte said. “The kids apparently heard sirens and came out from behind the garage. By the time the wardens got there, the kids were back with their family.”
Officials with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department and the Maine Warden Service declined to identify the family since no search was necessary.
“Any time we have a report of lost children or people in general, it’s a serious matter, but in this case, it fortunately turned out to not be a cause for concern once the kids realized they were being looked for,” Turcotte said.