Missing 7-year-old found, returned to parents

A Mendenhall River Community School student wasn‘t on the campus when a parent arrived to pick him up, sparking a search Monday that ended almost three hours later when the 7-year-old was located.

Just before 6:30 p.m., a citizen called JPD and reported locating the missing child near the intersection of Riverside Drive and Long Run Drive. JPD officers contacted the child and confirmed that he was fine. The child was returned to his parent.

Police were called at approximately 3:32 p.m., and police said the initial investigation indicated that the child left the school on a school bus.

Approximately seven officers assisted in looking for the child. Participating agencies included the Juneau Police Department, Alaska State Troopers, U.S. Forest Service and the Juneau Sea Dogs, police said in a prepared release.

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