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Missing N.D. boy found in window well

BERTHOLD, N.D. -- A missing 7-year-old boy was found in a window well after an hours-long search when his school lunchbox was spotted near the scene. The search was initiated when the boy didn't show up at home after school Friday. Emergency crew...

 

BERTHOLD, N.D. - A missing 7-year-old boy was found in a window well after an hours-long search when his school lunchbox was spotted near the scene.

The search was  initiated when the boy didn't show up at home after school Friday.

Emergency crews and volunteers searched the town of 454 people, located 24 miles west of Minot until the boy was located in a 5-foot-deep window well he fell into and was unable to get out of, Berthold Police Chief Al Schmidt said in a press release.

The search effort included an airplane and a tracking dog, and several agencies assisted in the search, including the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Burlington Police Department and local fire and ambulance companies. Berthold school administrators also sent out an alert to all parents.

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Schmidt said a volunteer discovered the boy when the volunteer noticed a lunchbox on the ground near it at 6:45 p.m. The boy left the school at 3 p.m.

The boy was taken by ambulance to a Minot Hospital to be treated for symptoms of frostbite. Schmidt said he is expected to fully recover.

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