Missing Dresden Boy Found After Exhaustive Search
It has been an anxious 24 hours for the family of a 12-year-old boy from Dresden who went missing Wednesday afternoon. Much to their relief, the search had a happy ending.The search for 12-year- old Micah Thomas began Wednesday night, but searchers had no luck. Thursday morning, despite the cold temperatures, they were optimistic about finding him. “It was cool last night. As long as he didn’t get wet, or just found a little shelter, he should be fine,” said Lt. Kevin Adam of the Maine Warden Service.Micah Thomas was last seen near his home Wednesday about 3:00 when he was dropped off by the school bus. He was reported missing about 40 minutes later by his stepfather when he never came home.Several law enforcement agencies spent thursday searching on foot, in the air, and in boats. Some of those searching were locals who knew Micah Thomas. “I’ve known Micah, hanging out with our stepson, for a few years,” said Dresden resident Chris Bulleman. “We’ve grown to love him over time. You know I hope we find him, alive.”Joan Drappeau spent the day searching. She says her daughter goes to school with Micah Thomas. “If it was one of my kids, I would hope the community would step up and help out in any way that we can.”By noon Thursday, there was still no sign of the boy. But in the middle of his press briefing at around 2:00, Lt. Adam was given the good news. “This afternoon at approximately 2:00, a Marine Patrol boat that we sent up the East River to go as far as they could at low tide, they located what we would call a smelt shack along the river and from what I understand Micah was in that,” Adam told reporters. “He’s alive. He’s being treated at EMS right now. He’s coming back down on the boat. We’ve contacted his parents they know.”Micah Thomas was cold, wet, and a little hypothermic, but alive and finally headed home.