UPDATE: Missing 9-year-old boy found safe
A 9-year-old rural Somerset boy was found safe after he was missing for about seven hours on Monday, June 30, prompting a search effort involving multiple local agencies and an appeal to area media.
According to a press release from the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, Grant John Lindahl, 9, walked out of the woods and was spotted by a neighbor and a Sheriff’s Office investigator about a quarter of a mile from his home just after 4 p.m. after last being seen at about 9 a.m.
Lindahl, who lives near the intersection of 210th Avenue and 80th Street in the Town of Star Prairie, emerged from the woods with some scratches and multiple bug bites, but was in otherwise good condition.
According to Lt. Cathy Borgschatz of the Sheriff’s Office, it appeared that Lindahl wasn’t lost in the woods, but rather eluding his parents and others searching for him.
“At the time we didn’t know if he was lost or if he was hurt,” Borgschatz said. “We had to treat it as if he was lost or hurt and needed assistance.”
The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, along with personnel from New Richmond Fire & Rescue, the New Richmond Area Ambulance Service, Star Prairie First Responders and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources assisted in the search effort for more than three hours.
“We had a large showing to help with the search effort,” Borgschatz said. “Generally it’s a grid search. From a map we know how big of an area we can cover with the bodies we have. We work as a unit and push through a section of property to look for any signs of the child or any evidence. Once that’s complete, we start over in the next section.”
Borgschatz said the emergency personnel who helped with the search effort did a great job.
“It was a positive outcome,” Borgschatz said. “What more can we ask for?”