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Social media helps find 11-year-old boy

LACONIA (AP) – Police in Laconia said an 11-year-old boy was found at a friend’s house hours after he was reported missing.

Sgt. Gary Hubbard said Brian Patten normally walks from Laconia Middle School Day Camp at Opechee Park to a neighbor’s apartment at about noon each day. ...

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LACONIA (AP) – Police in Laconia said an 11-year-old boy was found at a friend’s house hours after he was reported missing.

Sgt. Gary Hubbard said Brian Patten normally walks from Laconia Middle School Day Camp at Opechee Park to a neighbor’s apartment at about noon each day.

The Laconia Citizen reported that when he didn’t arrive on Wednesday, the neighbor called Patten’s mother, who called police.

Police posted a photo of Patten, along with his description on social media. They also sent out emails to media and automated calls to homes.

Hubbard said the mother of a friend logged on to Facebook and recognized that the boy listed as missing was the one at her house. He said Patten didn’t tell anyone that he was going to a friend’s house.