UPDATE: Missing Children Found in Woods

By: WSAZ News Staff, Dan Griffin Email
By: WSAZ News Staff, Dan Griffin Email

UPDATE 5/23/14 @ 5:34 p.m.
SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- It was a tense night for some parents in Scioto County, searching the woods for their missing children.

Crews started scouring the woods in an area of Lucasville just after midnight.

This came after two calls into the sheriff's department -- one of them to report children streaking down a road.

The children were found safe, but the situation left many frustrated.

The search for the missing children ended with everyone found, but sheriff's deputies said there could be some big consequences to come and very soon.

Michael Howard spent much of the overnight searching the woods.

"It was about 1:30 a.m., when the sheriff pulled up to my house and told me my son had been at a party," Howard said.

He helped look for 14 children ranging from ages 8 to 14.

Deputies said the children were at a party at a home along Blue Run Road, where there was no supervision and alcohol.

"There were supposed to be parents there and there were until about 7 o'clock in the evening, but the parents over at the trailer left," Scioto County Sheriff's Department Capt. Robert Woodford said.

Just an hour later, dispatchers received a call that children were streaking on Blue Run Road in Lucasville, and deputies went to check it out.

"Apparently they got spooked and they all ran up into the woods," Howard said.

By midnight, a parent called 911, unable to find them.

"So we responded out there and spent all night trying to find the kids," Woodford said.

That meant organizing with parents, and dozens of volunteers, deputies and firefighters canvassing the woods. Officials said they even had a helicopter on standby.

"I'm sure it probably cost $5,000 to $10,000 to pull this little operation off just trying to find them," Woodford said.

That's a cost deputies said taxpayers will have to cover, but they said there's a lesson in all this.

"The parents need to follow up, know where your kids are going, know who they're with and sometimes you know, maybe you have to say no, you can't go," Woodford said.

The children were found early Friday morning, though hesitant to come out of the woods.

"They shouldn't have been out there doing it at all," Howard said.

Officials said charges are expected in this case, though they haven't said what those charges will be.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.

UPDATE 5/23/14 @ 7:15 a.m.
SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Seven children reported missing near Lucasville have been found safe.

According to the Scioto County Sheriff's Department, the children were found in the woods Friday morning near the Blue Run Road area.

The children had been missing since Thursday after school.

The children told authorities they were afraid to come out because they thought they would be in trouble.

We have a crew in Scioto County. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.

SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A helicopter and sheriff's deputies are searching for seven missing children near Lucasville.

Dispatchers say the children met after school Thursday and walked into the woods, near Blue Run Road. They never returned home.

Parents are waiting at a staging area while crews search for the children.

We have a crew headed to the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for more information.

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