TEMPLETON — On Wednesday, August 10, at 7:46 a.m., Dispatcher Sherrie O’Donnell of the Templeton Police Department received a report of two missing autistic children.
According to a press release signed by Chief Michael Bennett of the Templeton Police Department, the two children were eight years old and in the area of Minuteman Drive. The caller said the area had been searched for the past half hour without any success.
At about 7:55 a.m., Sergeant Steven Flis and Officer Robert Deschenes arrived on scene.
According to the release, after a little investigation, Sgt. Flis found out that the children were last seen running into a heavily wooded/swampy area.
Sgt. Flis requested the department’s K9 and drone to assist in the search.
At 8:34 a.m., Officer Nicholas Malnati arrived on scene and deployed the drone.
Using the drone’s infrared camera, about 13 minutes later, Officer Malnati located the children about a quarter mile from their residence in a wooded/swampy area.
Officer Malnati then directed the other responding officers to the boys, who were located safely.
Templeton Fire Department’s EMS transported the boys to Heywood Hospital for “very minor injuries.”