Search ends for 8-year-old autistic boy, who went home with a friend
NASHUA – A miscommunication caused some alarm around Ledge Street Elementary School on Wednesday when an 8-year-old boy went to a friend’s house instead of home.
Police were called shortly after 3 p.m. when the boy, who is autistic, didn’t arrive at his grandmother’s Pine Street home, as he was supposed to, police said.
Officers searched inside the school, along with Mine Falls Park and the residential streets between Simon Street and the Tree Streets neighborhood, Nashua Police Lt. Raymond McDannell said.
Shortly before 4:30 p.m., police got word that the boy had gone home with another student. The friend’s parents took him home, ending the search, Deputy Chief Scott Howe said.
Police were planning to use the reverse 911 system before the boy turned up, Howe said.
School employees, Nashua Fire Rescue personnel and a number of residents in the area volunteered to walk the areas nearby the school to help police look for the boy.
“We greatly appreciate the assistance of everyone who came out,” Howe said.
– JOSEPH G. COTE