Archive for Wednesday, October 27, 1999

Quick local response locates school child

October 27, 1999

On Monday a nine year-old boy was reported missing from Tonganoxie Elementary School. Within minutes of receiving the report the Tonganoxie police were on the streets, searching.

When the boy wasn't immediately found, the city's volunteer firemen joined the search, and soon after they came in, the Leavenworth County Sheriff Department sent officers out.

The search was organized and thorough, and resulted in a youngster located, safe and sound.

Just earlier in the day The Mirror had talked to Leavenworth County Sheriff Deputy Herb Nye about safety for youngsters during Halloween weekend. He was concerned about what could happen, and worried about keeping Leavenworth County safe for our youth.

Children can disappear, anywhere, anytime. They can be hard to locate. And, given recent events in Kansas City, Kan., where a 10 year-old girl was kidnapped and later found dead, we know that bad things can happen, anywhere, anytime.

We commend our local police department, volunteers and sheriff's deputies for reacting so quickly to contain an incident that could have turned out differently.

A well-planned, well-organized effort resulted in quick action and a safe child.

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