Boy puts scare into parents
An eight-year-old Kamloops boy might be grounded for a while after an exhaustive police search of the North Shore on Tuesday night (Aug. 16).
Just after 9 p.m., police received a report of a missing child who hadn’t been seen in three hours.
Spencer Dersch left his family’s home at about 6 p.m. to go for a bike ride.
Kamloops Mounties set up a command post near the boy’s home and an extensive search of the area — focusing on McArthur Island — was launched.
A police-dog unit was brought in and Kamloops Search and Rescue also set up a separate command post.
Police received additional help from Kamloops Fire Rescue, Kamloops Transit and local taxi companies.
As well, more than a dozen neighbourhood residents who had heard about the incident through social media descended on the area to lend a hand.
At about 11:20 p.m., Spencer returned home on his own.
The boy, who is new to Kamloops, said he had made a new friend and lost track of time.
The other boy was found unharmed as well.