WILMINGTON — On Sunday evening, Wilmington Police received a call that the missing 11-year old boy had returned to his Wilmington home. A resident originally called the police early Sunday morning when they woke up and discovered their child missing.
Determining that the boy was truly not at home, the police gathered all of the information that they would need to start their search. They included in their public media log, “description given is 5’1”, 110 lbs, brown hair, brown eyes, possibly wearing pajamas: a Boston Bruins top and spongebob bottoms, also wearing flip flops.”
The log also said that the police called in a NEMLEC K9 to aid in the search.
Besides the extra help from the K9, the police reached out to other Wilmington residents for help the search via a reverse 911 call and social media.
Wilmington Police Chief Joseph Desmond said, “We really appreciated how many residents came out and drove around, acting as our extra eyes and ears.”
Working with the public helped the police department conduct a thorough search of the surrounding area and answer and follow-up with any leads that they got from the parents or from other residents.
The family of the 11-year old called WPD back around 4:45 p.m. to let them know that their child was home. They then let residents know of the boy’s return again by reverse 911 and social media posts.
Desmond continued, “the family is dealing with the issue privately to figure out where he was and why he left.”