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Missing boy, 10, found after 90-minute search

Published: Saturday, July 20, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
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Rock Falls Deputy Fire Chief Gary Cook (center) speaks to others Friday afternoon as they search for a missing 10-year-old boy in a cornfield near Galt. The boy, who is autistic and ran away from his mother, was found about 4 p.m., nearly 90 minutes after he went missing.
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Searchers are seen at the site where they were looking for a 10-year-old boy who had gone missing in a cornfield earlier in the day. The boy was found safe but dehydrated.

GALT – A search for a 10-year-old boy missing in a cornfield ended happily Friday.

The boy, who is autistic, ran away from his mother and into a cornfield near 13713 Galt Road, just past where U.S. Route 30 merges with Galt Road, said Sgt. Kristopher Schmidt of the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office.

The search lasted about 90 minutes, with several emergency agencies surrounding the perimeter of the cornfield, including a helicopter searching overhead.

Sterling resident Kurt Schwab discovered the boy about 4 p.m. The boy was wearing a black shirt and black shorts and was coming out of a cornfield near Cochran’s Pub, 13464 Galt Road. Schwab tried to get the boy’s attention by shouting at him.

Police heard Schwab calling for him and ran to that area.

They found the boy shortly afterward in the field across the highway from where he initially entered.

The boy was given water and taken to the hospital for observation, Schmidt said.

“[The boy] was OK,” the police sergeant said. “He had a few scrapes and bruises, too.”

Sheriff’s police said the thermometer read about 93 degrees at the time the boy was found.

“He looked like he needed that water,” Schwab said.

“He looked hot.”

Police received the call at 2:37 p.m., Schmidt said. Sterling and Rock Falls fire departments, along with Sterling and state police, assisted in the search.

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