Game Warden Alan Curtis and his K-9 Sig found a lost 3-year-old in Roque Bluffs Sunday. Photo courtesy of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Warden finds missing child

ROQUE BLUFFS — Game Warden Alan Curtis and his K-9 Sig located a missing 3-year-old boy a half-mile from his house Sunday afternoon.

Emmit Holcomb, age 3, of Roque Bluffs was reported missing after he was last seen playing at the beach near Nepp Point Road in Roque Bluffs. A quick search by his family was unsuccessful, and they called 911 at 1:14 p.m.

Maine game wardens and other emergency personnel searched the area near the beach. Marine Patrol searched the bay with several watercraft.

Washington County Deputy Sherriff Jim Malloy and his K-9 found a track and were able to track the boy along the beach to a nearby residence, two-tenths of a mile away from his home, where they lost his track. A game camera did capture a photo of the boy at the residence at 274 Nepp Point Road, confirming that it was the right track.

Warden Curtis and his K-9 Sig responded to the residence, met with Deputy Malloy, and they devised a plan to search the densely wooded area west of the shoreline. K-9 Sig picked up a scent quickly at approximately 2:25 p.m., and a little over 10 minutes later, the dog located the boy. Emmit was sitting down resting in the thick woods behind a large overturned tree, a quarter-mile into the woods, and over a half-mile from the beach where he was last seen.

The boy was tired and had wet feet, but otherwise was in good condition. Curtis carried the boy back to his truck and drove him to an awaiting ambulance and reunited him with his family.

The Maine Warden Service was assisted in the search by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Maine State Police, Maine Marine Patrol, U.S. Border Patrol, Machias Police, Machias Ambulance service and the Roque Bluffs Fire Department.

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