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Lt. James Juneau: (603) 271-3361
Liza Poinier: (603) 271-3211
October 18, 2011

Search Continues for Missing Child in Hampstead, N.H.

UPDATE 7:00 p.m.
Devin Frenette was found safe in a neighbor's home, and is now back with his family.

UPDATE 4:00 p.m.
From news conference with Capt. John Wimsatt:

  • Fish and Game is asking nearby residents to search their property, even if you checked it earlier in the day. Look in sheds and other outbuildings, unlocked cars, etc., anywhere that a child might hide.
  • The searching has continued all day, with some 250 participants, deploying all resources. There have been no significant developments.
  • This is an active search for a lost child, and we remain optimistic. Weather conditions are good. Rain is forecasted for tonight, but that will not change or limit the search.
  • Hasty searching continues, a structured grid/line search, with GPS mapping to capture searched areas. Canines and infrared will continue to be used into the night.
  • If you spot Devin, he may not want to approach you; explain that someone is looking for him, and call 603-329-5700.
  • If there are no developments this evening, additional teams will join the search on Wednesday.
  • Organized groups with search experience and those civilian volunteers who participated in the search today can report to the staging area on Wednesday. (No new civilians are needed on Wednesday.)
  • We will have searchers and canines in the woods all night; we will try to establish voice contact. One thing we're using to try and contact Devin is a LRAD – a loud audio speaker with a recorded message.
  • Kids can be unpredictable but they are resilient. Lost children will often find a place to fall asleep after dark, and may not hear whistles or calls.
  • Best thing the public can do is keep your eyes open, call if you see something – public can be a huge asset to a search of this type.
  • There have been a number of reported sightings, they are being investigated but nothing has been validated.
  • Devin is a healthy young boy, he may be scared or concerned that he’ll be in trouble. He plays in the woods and doesn’t usually range too far from home. He can cover a lot of ground; the search radius will expand as time goes on.
  • We’ll keep doing the best we can, it’s a team effort, we coordinate and brief on a regular basis.

WMUR has footage of the NH Fish and Game news conferences, the next one is expected at around 5:30: livewire.wmur.com/Event/Police_Search_For_Missing_9-Year-Old_Boy?Article=0

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Devin FrenetteCONCORD, N.H. – The search continues this morning for a child reported missing on Monday afternoon (October 17, 2011) in Hampstead, N.H. Devin Frenette, age 9, was last seen in the yard outside his residence on Catherine Avenue at about 1:00 PM, according to Lt. James Juneau of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

The Hampstead Police Department was notified about the missing child late in the afternoon and began the search; additional assistance was requested and law enforcement personnel from Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department and New Hampshire State Police joined the search, along with a state police blood hound unit. Members of the Hampstead Fire Department and Plaistow Police Department also provided assistance. Searchers combed the residence and neighboring areas. Rockingham County Sheriff’s Dispatch utilized “A Child Is Missing” service to notify Hampstead residents of the search via telephone.

At 8:05 PM, New Hampshire Fish and Game was notified, and Conservation Officers responded to the scene. The New Hampshire State Police helicopter also responded and searched area woods utilizing night-vision and forward-looking infrared (FLIR) technology. Six canine teams from New England Canine Search and Rescue also responded and performed area grid searches.

Devin Frenette is described as 42” tall, 50 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing khaki pants, a blue fleece jacket and sneakers. Anyone with information should contact the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department at 603-679-2225.

No further information is available at this time. Updates will be posted at www.wildnh.com.

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