Missing autistic child from Dundalk found after overnight search in state park

May 02, 2010

An autistic child from Dundalk, reported missing Saturday afternoon at the 5,600-acre Fair Hill recreation area in Cecil County, was found early this morning by rescue teams, the Department of Natural Resources said.

At 6 a.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police found 9-year-old Noah Joel Notter, who had wandered away from his mother and sister. He has severe autism and is unable to speak, according to the agency.

The boy was reported missing about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, triggering a search by 25 people over 500 acres. He was found in Pennsylvania, about three-quarters of a mile from where he was reported missing.

Search teams used blue chemical glow sticks, because the boy was fond of them was known to run away from people he did not know, the agency said.

He was transported to Union Hospital in Cecil County in good condition as a precautionary measure.

Search teams included members of the Maryland Park Service, Maryland State Police, Elkton Police Department, Cecil County Sheriff's Office and several dog search-and-rescue organizations.

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