7-year-old boy found safe after extensive search

FROM STAFF REPORTS

STERRETT – A 7-year-old boy missing from the Sterrett area was found safe after an extensive search conducted by numerous public safety agencies.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a call about the missing boy at about 2:30 p.m. on Monday, July 1. He was last seen near his residence off Shelby County 43 in Sterrett.

Deputies responded to the area and conducted a search but could not immediately locate the child, according to information provided by SCSO.

An extensive search then ensued with the help of other agencies, and the boy was found at about 6:30 p.m. on July 1.

“He was evaluated by paramedics and is now with his family,” the SCSO release read. “The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all of the outside agencies and organizations who either offered or provided assistance. These include Chelsea Fire & Rescue, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Vandiver Volunteer Fire Department, Chelsea COP, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Helena Police Department, Shelby County EMA, Shelby County Board of Education, Red Mountain Search Dog Association and Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. We also want to thank the countless citizen volunteers who responded to the area to provide assistance.”

“With all the bad stories out there, we are so glad to report one with a happy outcome,” Sheriff John Samaniego said in a statement. “The outpouring of support we get from nearby public safety organizations and the public is overwhelming. I also appreciate the effort put forth by the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office today. They always stand ready to provide Shelby County with the highest level of service possible and today was no different.”