Around 40 mountain rescue volunteers, along with police, dog teams, and the police helicopter were alerted when the teenager left a note at his Blackburn home.
His frantic parents raised the alarm at around 9.30pm on Friday and an open window suggested he had fled the Worcester Road home.
Officers became concerned for the boy’s safety because the note led them to believe he would come to harm.And so a huge operation swung into action:
Following the initial search of the boy’s home, a ‘thorough’ hunt was carried out at the same time as the search of the neighbourhood.
Door-to-door enquiries were made and residents were asked to search their gardens as the cold and wet night turned into Saturday morning.And it was all for nothing:
The search was called off at 1.30am when police found him in the loft under piles of belongings.
Officers said it was unclear whether he had been in the loft the whole time.*bites tongue*