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5-Year-Old Boy Found After Going Missing In Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

The boy was missing for more than three hours

June 30, 2018 - 6:25 pm

NORTHERN MICHIGAN (WWJ) -- A family was reunited with their son Friday night after he had gone missing for nearly four hours in Sleeping Dunes National Lakeshore Friday.

The Coast Guard assisted three local agencies -- Sleeping Bear Dunes park rangers, Leelanau County Sheriff's Department and Glenn Lake Fire Department -- after the family reported their five-year-old son had gone missing.

The Coast Guard received a request around 6:30 PM asking for air assistance in helping the Sleeping Bear Dunes Park Rangers locate the child. The boy had been missing in the park for more than an hour before they called.

A helicopter crew was dispatched from the Traverse City station and was able to begin searching the area around 8:30 and found him 45 minutes later as the sun was beginning to set. 

A Coast Guard crew member was lowered to stay with the boy until Glenn Lake firefighters could reach the location. Members of the fire department then reunited the boy with his parents. He was listed in good condition.

The name of the boy is not being released by the Coast Guard and it is unclear how he went missing.