Missing juvenile located safe after search

Published 11:43 am Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A missing Kenbridge juvenile was safely located over the weekend after a search that included local and state law enforcement, a state police helicopter and tracking dogs.

Kenbridge police was called after the juvenile, whose name is not being released because of his age, walked off from his home without permission on Sunday, Feb. 7.

“Responding units searched the area where the juvenile was last seen,” Kenbridge Police Chief Raymond Hite noted in a press release. “The juvenile was not immediately located and other plans of operation were put into motion.”

Virginia State Police were contacted, and along with state troopers a state police helicopter was requested, the release said. Jurisdictions involved in the search were Kenbridge and Victoria police departments, the Lunenburg County Sheriff’s Office and state police, the release said.

Besides the helicopter, state police also had two tracking dogs that were on scene.

“The search continued well through the evening and into the night,” Hite noted. “At approximately 12 a.m. the juvenile was finally located unharmed by a Kenbridge Police Officer.”

Hite thanked all agencies that assisted with this search.

“The Virginia State Police response was exceptional,” Hite said. “Resources provided by them were of great importance. Without the Virginia State Police small localities may not be able to have the access to these tremendous resources. There was great cooperation among all agencies.”