Distraught Teen Lured Out of Woods Near Southford Falls

Teen is sent to a local hospital for evaluation.

Emergency crews from two towns scoured the woods near just before sunset on Thursday searching for a distraught teenager.

About 30 and police from both Oxford and Southbury searched for the boy for about a half-hour between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., Oxford Fire Chief Scott Pelletier said.

"We wanted to get to him before it got dark because that would have been a difficult situation," he said. "Luckily, nobody was injured."

Police received the call of a distraught teenager in the park between Southbury and Oxford, and emergency crews didn't waste any time or resources searching for him. Pelletier said firefighters used John Deere all-terrain vehicles and spread out in teams searching all of the trails near the park to find the boy.

Police from Southbury and state police brought a dog to attempt to locate the teen. Southbury officers and state police officers located the boy, who was safe, about a half-hour into the search; he was leaving the lower end of the trail in Southbury, Pelletier said. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

MOM December 30, 2011 at 03:19 PM
Another great job by our local firemen and police, well done!
Craig Zac December 30, 2011 at 05:17 PM
Hmmm...this is the first time i heard of a teen being lured OUT of the woods... usually they are lured INTO the woods... the oxford and Southbury first responders are the best!
MyGoodPeople December 31, 2011 at 12:59 AM
Thank goodness it all ended well. I hope this young person will be okay.
Norman December 31, 2011 at 03:05 AM
I've called the Oxford cops many times when teens were in the woods at night near my house by the Naugatuck State Forest: usually the cops ignore me, Maybe I need to use the word "distraught"?


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