A 12-YEAR-OLD boy who went missing for more than 12 hours has been found - at his friend’s house.
Hampshire police, the coastguard and Hampshire Search and Rescue teams carried out a dramatic search on land and sea for the boy after his dad reported his disappearance at 6pm yesterday.
During the night a coastguard lifeboat scoured the eastern shore of the River Hamble and teams searched land near Warsash College of Maritime Studies.
The boy was found unharmed at his friend’s house and hadn’t told his parents he was staying the night.
Inspector Dean Gower, of Hampshire Constabulary’s control room, said: ‘Following a report of a missing 12-year-old boy, police assisted by the coastguard and Hampshire Search and Rescue concentrated a search for him in the Warsash area.
‘The lad is fine. We believe that he was at a friend’s house and didnt tell his parents. He is with them now.
‘Obviously when someone of that age goes missing it is concerning so we carried out quite an intensive search.
‘We searched most of the local area.’