Missing boy found safe in Whitley County

WHITLEY COUNTY — A southern Whitley County boy who was missing for over 16 hours was found safe Tuesday morning.

Gunnar Hatton, age 10, was found at a friend’s house, several miles from his home, at about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, after he hadn’t been seen since 3:05 p.m. Monday.

The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, assisted by Indiana Conservation Officers, Noble County’s Sheriff’s Department, South Whitley Police Department, Indiana State Police and Washington Township Fire Department, followed several leads and conducted searches until about 4 a.m., when the search was suspended by fog, a news release states.

Officials received a call that the boy had been found at a friend’s house.

According to the release, Hatton got off the bus at his home on Monday, then walked to the friend’s house. He wasn’t seen by an adult until Tuesday morning.

“Sheriff Marcus Gatton would like to thank and praise all departments involved for their efforts, citizens for their information, and all participating media outlets for their quick dispersing of information,” the news release reads.

Several area residents reported that police K-9 units were used in the search, as well as drones.

At about 11 p.m., a post on the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page, as well as a Nixle message, asked residents who lived in the area of C.R. 800S and C.R. 200W to search outbuildings and vehicles for the boy.

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