A boy is home safe and sound after he wandered into the woods near his home on Brown Prater Road on Tuesday, prompting a large search and rescue effort.
The 12-year-old boy went missing shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday. Witnesses told rescuers he was last seen entering the woods near his home off Brown Prater Road. The road is located near Crisp Springs Road.
Unable to find the boy following a narrow search, the Warren County Rescue Squad was paged to the remote location. The group brought off-road vehicles and several volunteers to begin combing the area in hopes of finding the boy before nightfall. While the weather was nice and non-threatening for an overnight foray in the forest, dangerous terrain and creeks were a concern to rescuers should the boy be lost overnight.
Lawmen spoke to motorists who passed by, urging them to be on the lookout for the youth. However, hampering the effort was the fact officers were given conflicting descriptions of what the boy was wearing.
The rescue effort continued for about 90 minutes before word came the youth had been found.
“He was about a half-mile from home,” said sheriff’s investigator Jason Rowland who helped in the search. “He had crossed a creek and came upon a cabin in the woods.”
Fortunately for searchers, they had arrived at the cabin about the same time as the boy. The youth was uninjured and was returned home by dark.