Alaska State Troopers using ATVs, a canine unit and a helicopter found a missing 9-year-old boy who wandered away from a group outing at Captain Cook State Recreation Area on Monday afternoon.
The boy was found uninjured, two hours after being discovered missing from a Community Outreach Program group.
Troopers said a program counselor reported that the boy left her custody on the beach about two miles north of the park parking lot at about 2:30 p.m.
Two state troopers and a Fish and Wildlife Protection trooper responded with a police dog and two ATVs and contacted the OSK heliport in Nikiski, which volunteered the services of a helicopter and pilot to aid in the search.
Because of Cook Inlet tidal conditions, the ground search was conducted on a trail alongside the beach, and about two hours later, the OSK helicopter found the boy about 10 miles north of the parking lot.
He was uninjured and was returned to his foster parent at about 5 p.m.
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