Teens located as rescuers begin to search in Millinocket

Posted July 03, 2011, at 6:57 p.m.

MILLINOCKET, Maine — Two teenage boys who were reported missing Saturday afternoon turned up as personnel from the Maine Warden Service, local police officers and others were getting ready to mount a search for them.

The teenagers, ages 14 and 15, had been attending a gathering at the public boat launch on Jerry Pond when they left to look for frogs, Sgt. Ronald Dunham of the Maine Warden Service said early Saturday evening.

The parents of one of the boys called for help about 4 p.m., after the two had not returned after three hours, Dunham said.

As it turned out, the two had walked back to one of their homes for a drink and then took another walk without first letting family members know, he said.

“They didn’t even know they were missing,” he said, adding that their parents were not pleased about that and that they had some discipline coming their way.

Although the incident turned out to be a false alarm, Dunham said the parents did the right thing.

“Sooner is better than later” when it comes to reporting someone missing, he said. The Warden Service prefers that people not hold off until dusk, when it is harder for aircraft and ground searchers to find missing people or signs of where they might have gone.

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