(Updated 7:55am. 12-8) 15-year-old Haskins boy reported found PDF Print E-mail
Written by By DEBBIE ROGERS/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 08 December 2009 08:55



(Updated at 7:55 a.m. 12-8) WALBRIDGE – A Haskins teenager missing for almost 24 hours was found unharmed Monday evening in the village.

Police aren’t releasing many details, but say 15-year-old Jacob Hatfield wasn’t harmed.

“He’s in good shape. It wasn’t like a kidnapping or anything like that. They were screwing around, it sounds like,” said Walbridge Police Chief Walt Tylicki.

Hatfield, an Otsego High School freshman, was found in the village around 7:45 p.m., according to a press release read by Sgt. Curt Schober.

Schober said Hatfield was unharmed and safe, and that the investigation is ongoing.

The sergeant believes Hatfield was reunited with his parents, who had kept vigil in the village since he was reported missing Sunday around 8:30 p.m. from outside Mainstreet Church.

"The Hatfield family would like to express their extreme gratitude for your prayers, kindness and help during this past 24 hours. An additional thanks
to the mass of volunteers that were able to gather in support of the family and conduct a foot search for Jacob. You are an amazing church family and we are truly better together," according to a statement released late Monday night.

Schober wasn’t sure if the youth had been taken to a hospital for a checkup.

“We had no injuries on him, although I did not actually see him,” he said.

Schober thanked residents, who passed out flyers, and area police and firefighters, who did a detailed search around the church today, for volunteering. Help was sought from Lake, Perrysburg and Troy townships and Rossford fire departments.

“They did make quite a showing,” he said of the volunteers.

Firefighters did a ground search in the area of a landfill near the church and a helicopter from ProMedica did an aerial search of the landfill, railroad and residential areas.

Hatfield was last seen by friends at the Church Youth Group building, 725 N. Main St. , in Walbridge.

Firemen start to search for 15-year-old Jacob Hatfield near the landfill just behind the Mainstreet Life church. (Aaron Carpenter/Sentinel-Tribune)












Two local women look at picture posted on the front door of Mainstreet Church in Walbridge where 15-year-old was last seen. (JD Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Officials using an off-road vehicle in the back parking lot of Mainstreet Church in Walbridge. (JD Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Becky Hatfield (left) is comforted by a friend while police and fire continue the search for 15 year old Jacob Hatfield near the landfill just behind the Mainstreet Life church. (Aaron Carpenter/Sentinel-Tribune)












A Promedica helicopter searches for 15-year-old Jacob Hatfield Monday afternoon near the landfill just behind the Mainstreet Life church. (Aaron Carpenter/Sentinel-Tribune)
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 December 2009 11:00

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