Four boys missing from Scout camp are found Helicopter spots group missing on hike at Harford reservation


A 3 1/2 -hour search for four missing boys in a northern Harford County scouting camp ended early today when a trooper aboard a Maryland State Police helicopter spotted the youths in woods.

Police said the youths were spotted minutes before 1 a.m. But as of 1: 10 a.m., the Harford County Sheriff's Department said they had visual contact with the youths by helicopter, but had not reached them. Police said the boys appeared to be unharmed.

Officials were not able to say where on the 2,200-acre reservation the group was located. Two of the boys are age 11; the others are age 9 and 15.

The boys had left Camp Oeston Broad Creek Scout Reservation about 6 p.m. for a hike. The sheriff's department launched a search when they had not returned by 9: 30 p.m.

The reservation has many trails and campsites along Broad Creek, a tributary of the Susquehanna River.

The boys' parents had been contacted and were at the site with police. Police said they were not sure whether the boys were members of the Boy Scouts, the organization that operates Camp Oest. It is one of three camps on the reservation for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.

Pub Date: 5/03/98

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