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Search for boy continues / Hundreds assist effort to find Logan Mitcheltree (bit more detailed)
Sun-Gazette. ^ | December 20, 2004 | Katie Prince

Posted on 12/20/2004 9:58:53 PM PST by Former Military Chick

The search for 9-year-old Logan Mitcheltree continued Sunday in South Williams, but as of 11:30 p.m. officials had found no signs of the boy, despite hundreds of volunteers having combed every inch of the borough since he went missing Saturday.

Logan, of 1195 Main St., was last seen running east at Market Street and Southern Avenue at around 5 p.m. Saturday, borough Police Chief Rexford Lowmiller said.

He was wearing a long-sleeved gray shirt, blue jeans and brown slippers. He is 4 feet tall, weighs 55 pounds, has short, reddish-blond hair and dark brown eyes.

The youth is autistic and unable to speak, and he reportedly is incapable of finding his way home.

State Forest Ranger Jeff Raisch said Sunday afternoon that officials continue to treat Logan as a missing person and not an abductee.

Everywhere within the scope of the search has been examined three times, Lowmiller said, admitting disappointment and frustration that nothing had turned up.

Borough Mayor William R. Miller said he was heartened to see all of the people giving their time in a community effort, but admitted worrying about the dropping temperatures and the fact that hours of search had so far produced nothing.

Police still were not releasing any information about the Mitcheltree family, other than to say they are holding up well with the help of their minister, family and friends.

The social hall at First Ward Fire Co., 573 Hastings St., served as a command post and hundreds of people filled the room at 2 p.m., waiting to assist in the search. People were put in groups of 10 to 15 and assigned a portion of search area, which spanned from Arch Street to Clinton Township and from the Susquehanna River to Elimsport.

For safety reasons, search parties shifted just before dusk to emergency personnel only.

Volunteer firefighters from South Williamsport, DuBoistown, Loyalsock and Nisbet, rangers from the state Bureau of Forestry, state troopers, Civil Air Patrol members and a sheriff’s deputy planned to work through the night, Lowmiller said. The searchers are using thermal imaging cameras and night vision goggles.

Many civilian volunteers continued to search, he acknowledged, although not under the direction of officials at the command post.

‘‘What we are suggesting to people who want to continue to help,’’ Lowmiller said, ‘‘is that they search their own property, and if their neighbor isn’t home, or is elderly, search their yard, too.’’

He suggested people search under porches or in sheds or garages — anywhere someone might go to get out of the elements. Logan also reportedly likes animals and swing sets.

By Sunday afternoon, more than 350 people had signed up to go out on a search team. Some were members of church groups, some were their because they know the Mitcheltrees, and all wanted to do something.

Other volunteers served sandwiches and drinks to the searchers.

Search outings typically lasted about two hours, with the size of the coverage area determined by the difficulty of the terrain.

The groups, under the direction of a professional, fanned out quickly but proceeded slowly.

‘‘You should go as fast as the slowest person in your group,’’ one man said, adding that people should stay about 30 yards apart.

A Sun-Gazette reporter accompanied a Sunday afternoon search that covered an area from Route 15 south to Bald Eagle Mountain. The proceedings were silent except for the crunch of leaves.

People peered into drainage pipes and inspected piles of brush, instructed to yell ‘‘Find!’’ whenever they came across anything significant.

On that search, the word was never uttered.

‘‘It’s the Sunday before Christmas, and people are giving up their time, helping someone they don’t know,’’ John Nevill of Williamsport said. He said he searched from 12:30 p.m. to dusk, mostly along Route 15.

‘‘We just went out and tried our best to look for him,’’ he said. ‘‘I feel bad we didn’t find him, but at least I tried.’’

The search was made more difficult by a snow squall that blew in about 2:30 p.m., and by 10 p.m. wind gusts at 20 mph made the 15-degree temperatures feel about 15 degrees colder. Temperatures today are expected to reach only the upper teens.

Nonetheless, Lowmiller said he still held out hope that the boy would be found, alive and well.

‘‘We’re hoping he found someplace warm,’’ he said, adding that 20 years ago a man disappeared from his home in the borough, and was found in Washington Township a few days later.

Today, teams were to resume a helicopter search and use boats to scan areas along the river.

A community briefing is scheduled for 7 tonight at the South Williamsport Area High School.

Prince may be reached at kprince@sungazette.com.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: autism; autistic; loganmitcheltree; missing; missingchild; needsaleash; pennsylvania
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To: oceanperch

Let's hope they find this kid quickly.


41 posted on 12/21/2004 3:00:06 AM PST by MikefromOhio (20 days until I can leave Iraq and stop selling hot dogs in Baghdad....and boycotting boycotts)
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To: Former Military Chick

He remains in my prayers.


42 posted on 12/21/2004 5:08:04 AM PST by crabbie
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To: Former Military Chick

Sadly the media bias is true. This is the first I've heard of this boy. I'm going to be praying for his return home.

The media really ticks me off. There is also the issue in Philly of the Bible being considered hate speech. No one is touching the story, Fox ought to be ashamed.


43 posted on 12/21/2004 5:14:33 AM PST by tutstar ( <{{--->< http://ripe4change.4-all.org Violations of Florida Statutes ongoing!)
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To: Former Military Chick

I can only offer prayers.


44 posted on 12/21/2004 5:38:42 AM PST by WV Mountain Mama (Merry Christmas!)
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To: Former Military Chick
Shalom!

HI...Former Military Chick,

First, Thank You for Serving our Country and Keeping ALL of us Safe and Free....GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS.

You wrote: "Of course you have the gal up north who went missing, pretty, well liked and again vanished without a trace her last words were to her beloved on a cell phone. It took months but they did find the body and the guy who murdered her."

I was following this case for a long time, usually from On The Record with Greta Van Susteren(Sp?) on FOX NEWS, she interviewed the father of the Victim on her show, but I don't remember seeing anything about this recently.

I was hospitalized in November with cellulitis of the legs and must have missed this News.

Do you have any articles that you can FReep Mail me concerning this case?

About...Chandra Levy and Jon Benai Ramsey...Law Enforcement Authorities will one Day have enough information/evidence to put away their murderers.

I also knew (felt in my heart) that Elizabeth Smart was Not dead and that she would be returned to her Family...Thank GOD that Elizabeth was found alive and is recovering.

One last thought...The Victims are Voiceless, their Families know that they have No control over the Leftist/Socialist Media.

Why the Media chooses one Victim over another is beyond my understanding...ANYONE and their Families who find themselves involved in horrific Crimes should be given every opportunity to have their Case seen and heard.

John Walsh does a good job with his programs, however, it is about time that a Cable Channel like Court TV have a 24 hour News Service and Programing specifically tailored to handle these types of cases...including Pictures and other important information that would help Law Enforcement to find and recover the Injured, Lost and Murdered.

**We are PRAYING without ceasing for the Safe and Soon Return of: Logan Mitcheltree to his Family.

45 posted on 12/21/2004 6:10:32 AM PST by Simcha7 ((The Plumb - Line has been Drawn, T'shuvah/Return for The Kingdom of HaShem is at hand!))
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To: Former Military Chick; All
VERY SAD NEWS TO REPORT....

Authorities in PA, have just told FOX NEWS that the Body of a Small Boy Was Found at 8:15 AM this morning and it is POSSIBLY the missing boy LOGAN Mitcheltree....

This is Developing News.

PRAYERS FOR THE FAMILY.

46 posted on 12/21/2004 7:44:38 AM PST by Simcha7 ((The Plumb - Line has been Drawn, T'shuvah/Return for The Kingdom of HaShem is at hand!))
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To: Former Military Chick; trussell; giznort; Kitty Mittens; newzjunkey; fivekid; fiesti; blondee123; ..
Ping to # 46...Very Sad News.
47 posted on 12/21/2004 7:52:23 AM PST by Simcha7 ((The Plumb - Line has been Drawn, T'shuvah/Return for The Kingdom of HaShem is at hand!))
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To: Petronski; WV Mountain Mama; BigCinBigD; bonfire; All
Ping to # 46...Very Sad News.
48 posted on 12/21/2004 7:56:15 AM PST by Simcha7 ((The Plumb - Line has been Drawn, T'shuvah/Return for The Kingdom of HaShem is at hand!))
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To: Simcha7
Oh noooooooooo. I was so praying this little boy would be found. How sad. Prayers for the family.
49 posted on 12/21/2004 7:56:16 AM PST by flutters (God Bless The USA)
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To: oceanperch
Shalom

Oceanpearch,

Very Sad News...Ping to # 46.

50 posted on 12/21/2004 7:57:40 AM PST by Simcha7 ((The Plumb - Line has been Drawn, T'shuvah/Return for The Kingdom of HaShem is at hand!))
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To: Alamo-Girl; tutstar; bd476; All
Sad News Ping to # 46.

FOX NEWS REPORTING...PA Authorities find Body of Boy they believe to be that of missing Logan Mitcheltree.

51 posted on 12/21/2004 8:02:59 AM PST by Simcha7 ((The Plumb - Line has been Drawn, T'shuvah/Return for The Kingdom of HaShem is at hand!))
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To: Simcha7

http://www.pennlive.com/newsflash/pa/index.ssf?/base/news-22/1103638444162640.xml&storylist=penn

Body of boy found near where 9-year-old went missing


52 posted on 12/21/2004 8:07:56 AM PST by flutters (God Bless The USA)
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To: Simcha7

Thank you for letting us know. I picture him up THERE jabbering away with Jesus. Prayers for the family.


53 posted on 12/21/2004 8:09:15 AM PST by bonfire
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To: bonfire; All
Shalom.

Bonfire,

I'm sitting here crying, the Family must be devastated.

We know that Logan is Safe at Home in Heaven with our Risen Savior, resting in HIS Loving Arms and looking up into HIS Glorious face.

Continued Prayers for the Family, Friends, Police Officers and Rescue Workers...and also for our FReeper Family and FR Prayer Warriors.

54 posted on 12/21/2004 8:24:39 AM PST by Simcha7 ((The Plumb - Line has been Drawn, T'shuvah/Return for The Kingdom of HaShem is at hand!))
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To: Simcha7
There have been soooo many tragedies this past week. My heart is breaking for this family and the grief they must be feeling. May their family take solace in knowing that Logan is celebrating Christmas with Jesus, what a birthday party that will be.
55 posted on 12/21/2004 8:25:55 AM PST by WV Mountain Mama (Merry Christmas!)
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To: Simcha7
May the family find comfort in the knowledge that he is with our Lord. My deepest condolences.
56 posted on 12/21/2004 9:17:38 AM PST by BigCinBigD
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To: Simcha7

Oh nooooo.....geeze.

May Logan spend eternity with his Creator.

May his parents turn to God for relief of the grief this tradgedy has brought to them.


57 posted on 12/21/2004 9:52:14 AM PST by oceanperch (Tagline on Christmas Vacation National Lampoon Style!)
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To: oceanperch

It's almost like the good Lord called him home up that country drive....he took his backpack and went to see Him.


Gosh, this is so sad for those he left behind.


58 posted on 12/21/2004 9:56:20 AM PST by Petronski (A suitable case for treatment.)
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To: Simcha7

I join in prayer for all those who are suffering from the loss of this beloved child.


59 posted on 12/21/2004 9:57:44 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl

I join with you in sorrow. This is sad indeed, and a very hard Christmas it will be for his family.


60 posted on 12/21/2004 11:04:10 AM PST by dandelion (http://thequestionfairy.blogspot.com/)
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