Boy from Dundalk found after 12-hour search

Autistic child had wandered away from his sister and mother

May 02, 2010|By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun

An autistic child from Dundalk who had wandered away from his mother and sister while playing near a creek was found early Sunday morning after a 12-hour overnight search, a spokesman with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources said.

Nine-year-old Noah Joel Notter was found by police at about 6 a.m. in thick brush in Pennsylvania, about three-quarters of a mile from where he was reported missing, said the spokesman, Art Windemuth.

The boy's disappearance triggered a search effort by 25 people who spanned over 500 acres through the night looking for the boy.

Noah wandered off at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday from the 5,600-acre Fair Hill recreation area in Cecil County, where he was with his family. He was reported missing about an hour later.

"They had turned their attention to something else and he wandered away," Windemuth said.

The boy's family could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Notter has severe autism and cannot speak, according to the agency.

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

"The use of the light helped draw him out of the area and keep him calm so they could take him to the hospital," Windemuth 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.

andrea.walker@baltsun.com

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