Autistic boy found in NH woods after running away from caregiver
GILMANTON — Conservation officers located a 15-year-old autistic boy who ran away from his caregiver Saturday.
According to police, the boy and his caregiver were hiking with the family's Doberman Pincher on the trails in the area of Camp Bell.
After they had returned from the hike, the young boy allegedly ran back up the trail fast enough to lose his caregiver. The caregiver then sent the dog to stay with the autistic boy while she called for help.
Crews launched a full search of the area and scoured the heavily wooded camp for hours.
Around 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, conservation officers said they found the boy and his dog nearly two miles away from the point he was last seen.
The boy did not respond to search efforts but the reflection of the dog's eyes led them to his location, police added.
The young man was found in good condition and was able to walk with rescuers to an ATV which transported him back to the trailhead.