Student fled middle school, found on Thompson Road

Girl taken to hospital to be seen for exposure

WEBSTER — A local girl was transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure after she fled from school approximately 90 minutes earlier, according to police.

The girl, whose identity will not be released as a juvenile, reportedly “ran from Webster Middle School” at approximately 1 p.m. on Thursday, prompting local police to be notified. According to the Webster Police Department, the student’s unknown whereabouts “precipitated a response from numerous agencies, as a large scale search was immediately commenced.” Several law enforcement agencies assisted local police in their search for the girl, including Environmental Police, Massachusetts State Police, and the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council Drone Unit. Officers working patrols and traffic details for the Webster Police Department also actively took part in the search.

The girl was spotted by “an alert Amorello Truck Driver,” in the area of an on-ramp to Interstate 395 South around 2:15 p.m., police said. The truck driver reported the sighting to a detail officer, which helped police narrow their search area.

As law enforcement responded to the area of the girl’s sighting, School Resource Officer Detective Tim Whiting located her on Thompson Road, assisted by two State Troopers. The girl was subsequently reunited with her parents and transported to a hospital to be seen for exposure, police reported. Police said the girl had been outside for approximately 90 minutes.

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