Missing Wall Township Children Found After 3.5-hour Search

Pair had wandered away from home; huge search party converged on area

Two children who had wandered away from home were found Monday night after a flood of police and emergency personnel converged on the area of Allaire Road in search of the missing youngsters, police said.

The pair – a 12-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy -- had been playing in the courtyard at the Spring Lake Garden Apartments and were last seen at 6:45 p.m. Police were called to the area at 7:30 p.m. when the children were discovered missing, Lt. Walter Pomphrey said.

Police flooded the area, with assistance from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office and Wall Township K-9 units to begin a search. Additional manpower was called in from five area police, fire and first aid squads, Pomphrey said.

As the search went on, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office also responded, Pomphrey said.

About 3.5 hours later, around 11 p.m., the children were found by the K-9 units walking back toward the apartment complex. The two were unharmed and re-united with their parents, Pomphrey said.

There was no foul play associated with their disappearance. The pair had simply wandered away from home, Pomphrey said.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, West Belmar Fire and South Wall Fire Districts, Wall Community and Wall First Aid and the Spring Lake Heights Police Department assisted in the search, Pomphrey said.



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Jessica Morgan March 13, 2013 at 05:58 AM
Im their mother. I was at work when it went down but their dad noticed they were gone after 10 min of calling them. The police were called immediately. They eoer gone for five hours. That's a very long time for ANY CHILD. Lets thank god they were alright. The nine year old was following tje older child. Please dont judge. Everyone thinks their kids know better than to wander off. But the truth is they're kids and can do things that may seem irrational.
Courtney March 13, 2013 at 11:46 AM
Exactly kids will be kids! Jessica I'm glad your kids where found safe!!!
Jackie Everitt March 13, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Glad they are safe Jessica and even though I don't know you I had to come to your defense. Too many people are too quick to jump to conclusions.
FirstResponders March 13, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Instead of all the negativity let's all be thankful they are safe & we are blessed to live in an area with such wonderful Police, Fire Fighters, EMS & neighbors that were wonderful in helping find them as quick as possible!
Abe March 13, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Glad to hear the kids are ok. I mean they are kids what can you say. I can't imagine how awful that must have been for the parents. You can't tell me the police were not VERY concerned with the proximity of the apartments the children were missing from to the low income housing complex and those dog sh!t motels on 35!


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