Missing child found safe

POWELL – On Friday, February 26, 2016 at approximately 5:45p.m. the Park County Sheriff's Communications Center received a report of an 11-year old child that was missing from 785 Road 12.5 which is approximately 2.5 miles northwest of Powell. Tamara Lynn Hallman, age 41 reported that her 11-year-old son had gone for a bike ride approximately an hour ago and had not returned. Several Park County Sheriff’s deputies immediately responded to the area. Hallman explained to the deputies that she had given her son permission to ride his bike and that he said he was going to “the hills” which she believed meant west on Lane 8. An area known as the “The Bench” which is a plateau that extends around the northern edge of the valley, is due west of the Hallman’s residence. Aneighbor had also reported seeing the boy riding west on Lane 8 earlier. Deputies drove the roads adjacent to the Hallman’s neighborhood and then began going door-to-door asking residents if they had seen the boy or had any information that could lead to the child’s whereabouts. Hallman’s husband, Everett and nearly a dozen volunteers from the area had already begun searching for the child. By this time, the sun had set, temperatures were dropping, and the boy was dressed only in a light jacket. At approximately 9:15 p.m., the child’s father Everett reported finding him on top of the bench near the Powell Municipal Airport, some 7 miles from his home. The boy was cold but otherwise unharmed. The child explained that he had indeed gone west on Lane 8 until he reached a two-track road that runs parallel to the ridge. He continued northeast along the two-track road until he wrecked his bicycle, preventing him from riding it any further. He dragged the bicycle a short distance before abandoning it and climbing to the top of the ridge. He said he could see everyone looking for him below but was unable to get down. He was eventually spotted by his father. Sheriff Steward praised the efforts of the community that immediately came together to search for the child. “Our residents are always willing to do whatever it takes to bring these situations to a successful outcome,” furthered Steward. “It’s just the kind of community we live in.” #reboot #news