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Missing 13-year-old Dodgeville boy found safe

Published: Apr. 15, 2021 at 11:38 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 15, 2021 at 10:00 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Iowa County Emergency Management reports a 13-year-old boy who was reported missing has been found safe.

The Dodgeville Police Department thanked everyone who helped them find Emery Foust, who had last been missing for about 19 hours.

According to the police department around 9:50 p.m., Foust was found around 8:30 p.m. inside of a Dodgeville residence. Officers said the search was nearing completion for the day and there were plan made to continue searching on Friday if need be.

The Dodgeville Police Dept. is still investigating the circumstances leading up to the incident.

The Iowa County Sheriff’s Department, Dodgeville EMS, Dodgeville Fire Department, Iowa County Emergency Management, the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation all assisted with the search. The police department also thanked the Wisconsin K-9 SOS program who had several teams of dogs searching for the missing team, as well as Iowa Co. Sheriff for the use of their drone.

Missing Juvenile - updated photo

Posted by Dodgeville Police Department on Thursday, April 15, 2021

A surveillance camera may have spotted him in the area near Main and Spring St. after he was reported missing early Thursday morning, the department added.

A statewide Endangered Missing Person Alert was issued late Thursday afternoon by the Wisconsin Dept. of Justice. In it, authorities indicated Emery had run away from home and “functions at a lower cognitive level than his age would indicate.”

Dodgeville Police Chief David Bauer told NBC15 News there was no indication of foul play. The alert was issued in light of his age, the cold weather conditions overnight, and his cognitive level.

Bauer added around 5:30 p.m. that search teams were going to bring in K-9 units to help search for the boy.

Police are beginning a K-9 unit search on East Springs and North Main St. for the missing...
Police are beginning a K-9 unit search on East Springs and North Main St. for the missing Dodgeville child.(Photographer Lou Thao/NBC15 News)

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