Truro teenager found in woods near Brookfield

Published on January 13, 2014

UPDATED 9:15 p.m. TRURO - A missing Truro teenager, who was last seen on Sunday, was located in the woods just south of the Brookfield exit on Highway 102 on Monday afternoon.

"He was a little wet and a little cold and he was dehydrated," said Truro Police Service Chief David MacNeil. "The first responder was there from Brookfield Fire (and Emergency Services) and assessed him, and EHS took him to the hospital for a checkup and as a precaution."

MacNeil said it appeared the 16-year-old male didn't want to be found and could have been trying to get to the South Shore where he has family.

"We kind of assume he was trying to get back down that way, possibly," he said.

MacNeil said the boy was last seen Sunday night near a wooded area at the top of Wood Street.

On Monday morning, a command post was set up at the top of Wood Street. Colchester and East Hants ground search and rescue teams were called in to assist and about two-dozen searchers headed into nearby wooded areas to look for the boy.

During the search, a motorist travelling on Highway 102 near Brookfield spotted a person who matched the description of the missing teen and called police.

"Our K9 unit was able to track the guy successfully and we found him," said MacNeil.

The K9 team of Const. Justin Russell and his dog Onyx located the teen just shortly after 1 p.m.

"It was his first call," MacNeil said of Onyx. "He just got certified late last week, and that was his first call and it was successful ... it was great, it saved a young person."