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Missing elementary student found at Boys and Girls Club

From staff reports

A fourth-grader who went missing Monday afternoon from Putnam Elementary was later found at the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County.

Major Troy Hawkins of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, said that initially it appeared the 9-year-old student walked away from the school.

“The school reported it,” Hawkins said.

“The school called within minutes. Manpower was pushed out. Resources were coming in and the local Everbridge system notified citizens.”

He said the Marietta Fire Department, the Marietta Police Department, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Devola Fire Department were out looking for the girl for nearly two hours before she was ultimately found at the Boys and Girls Club.

He added the call came in shortly before 2 p.m. and she was found around 3:45 p.m.

“A family friend took the child to the Boys and Girls Club,” Hawkins said. “In the panic, the mom wasn’t thinking of the family friend living in the area.”

He said the girl left the school to get a ride to the club without notifying school staff.

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