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July 8, 2013

Special needs boy missing in Cooperstown

Police searching for 5-year-old African American child

COOPERSTOWN — Cooperstown police are looking for a missing 5-year-old special-needs boy who went missing  this morning.

According to village Police Chief Michael Covert, the boy is African American, approximately 4-feet tall and 70 pounds. He was last seen at his home at 22 Glen Ave. (Route 28) at 10:18 a.m. He was wearing a green fleece jacket and blue jeans and is described as having brown eyes and brown hair. He is described as “non-verbal.”

State and country police have also responded, and have brought in search dogs. They have shut down a section of Route 28 and are redirecting traffic. They have made the Thanksgiving Home on Maple Street their staging area.

They are stopping traffic on Glen Avenue and on Chestnut Street to show all drivers a photo copy picture of the boy and asked if anyone has seen him.

At 12:33 p.m. police were told of an unconfirmed sighting near the Clark Sport Center about a mile from the boy's home. The police dispatch has put out a call for more police and has asked for neighboring village police officers to report to the scene.

Covert has asked for anyone who has seen the boy to call 9-1-1.

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