Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, June 14, 2007

UPDATE: Missing Child Found

UPDATE: Missing Child Found

    Boise, June 14, 2007, 6:15 a.m. - UPDATE: The child missing overnight has been found. He's a bit chilly but OK.

About 5:30 this morning, a volunteer with the Idaho Mountain Search & Rescue found his bicycle at Barber Park. Officers then scoured the park and found the child sitting in a piece of construction equipment. Paramedics were called to check on the boy, and found him cold but otherwise OK.

At the time the boy was found, about 25 officers and more than a dozen citizen volunteers were searching for the boy. The volunteers learned of the search, some when they're homes were called through the geo-notify system, and some when they heard it on the 10:00 TV newscasts. Even early morning newspaper carriers in the area were asked to help search. As the early morning wore on, officers also called in the Mountain Search & Rescue volunteers for help.

"The volunteers were a huge help," said Sgt. Bryan Hagler, who helped coordinate the search. "Media was helpful, as well. Everyone wanted to find this boy safely and thankfully we did."

Background: The boy was last seen last night at about 9:00 p.m. riding his mountain bike in the area of Norfolk & Boise Ave.

*** Media Note - thank you to the media outlets who were able to jump on this and assist with information about the search!

Original release:

    Boise, June 14, 2007, 12:35 a.m. - Boise Police are searching for a missing child and asking the public tonight if anyone sees the child to please call 9-1-1.

The child is 9 year old Jonathan Lawrence. He is deaf and autistic. He was last seen about 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night in the area of Norfolk and Boise Ave. Jonathan was riding his mountain bike, wearing a dark blue shirt, blue jeans and tennis shoes.

A photo of the child has been e-mailed to local media.

At this hour, approx 18 officers are searching for the child. Officers are grateful for the assistance of several citizen volunteers who are also assisting in the search.

Officers and the boy's family are concerned for Jonathan's safety while he's out in the dark and cool night air.

Again, anyone who sees Jonathan is urged to call 9-1-1 immediately.