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On July 1, 2019 at approximately 2:30 p.m. the Shelby County Sheriff's Office received a call on a missing seven year-old boy. The young boy was last seen near his residence on Highway 43 in the Sterrett area. Deputies responded to the area and conducted a search of the area but could not immediately locate the child. An extensive search then ensued with the help of numerous other public safety agencies and thankfully the young boy was located safe at approximately 6:30 p.m. this evening. He was evaluated by paramedics and is now with his family. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of the outside agencies and organizations who either offered or provided assistance. These include Chelsea Fire & Rescue, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), Vandiver Volunteer Fire Department, Chelsea COP, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Helena Police Department, Shelby County EMA, Shelby County Board of Education, Red Mountain Search Dog Association and Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. We also want to thank the countless citizen volunteers who responded to the area to provide assistance.
Sheriff Samaniego stated, "With all the bad stories out there, we are so glad to report one with a happy outcome. The outpouring of support we get from nearby public safety organizations and the public is overwhelming. I also appreciate the effort put forth by the men and women of the Sheriff's Office today. They always stand ready to provide Shelby County with the highest level of service possible and today was no different."