|Originally posted by Debby
That is just horrible! My prayers are going up for this boy's family and I hope they catch whoever did this!!!!!!!!!
Officials: Boy Likely Died Of Exposure
10-Year-Old Missing Since Monday
POSTED: 2:39 p.m. EDT October 17, 2003
UPDATED: 5:38 p.m. EDT October 17, 2003
LINCOLN, N.H. -- The search for a Massachusetts boy ended tragically Friday when the body of the 10-year-old was found more than 2 miles from where he was last seen.
McCarthy Family Members React To Tragic News
Patric McCarthy, of Bourne, Mass., was found around 2 p.m. Friday. Fish and Game Col. Jeffrey Gray said McCarthy was found about 2.25 miles from where he was last seen, in an area of extremely dense cover.
"It is believed that Patric died of exposure to the elements," Gray said. "No foul play is suspected."
McCarthy had been missing since Monday and was last seen playing with his stepbrothers about 300 yards away from his family's condominium in the White Mountains.
McCarthy's body was found by a team of Fish and Game officers and volunteers from Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue team. One searcher said it appeared the boy had been at the spot for a couple of days.
Family members who had gathered near the search headquarters at the Loon Mountain Ski area burst into tears when they heard the news. They were then secluded in an office at the ski area.
"We are deeply saddened that the search ended in this way," Gray said. "Our hearts go out to Patric's family and his community."
Hundreds of volunteers turned out for the search, and many restaurants provided food. Volunteers and officials searched through harsh rain and darkness to find the boy.
"Everyone is tremendously disappointed and frustrated at the outcome," Gray said.
McCarthy's father and stepmother delivered a brief statement thanking the volunteers and rescue workers for their efforts.
"All of the people who were once strangers and are now part of our family, thank you," Steve McCarthy said. "We love you, and always remember Patric."
Police said throughout the search that they did not suspect foul play, but they had begun questioning neighbors to ask if anyone had seen anything suspicious.
The boy's mother, Dee Murray, appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" Friday morning and tearfully said that she believed searchers would find Patric Friday.