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All-night search for runaway teen

SoVaNow.com / December 06, 2010
A search party of about 25 people and a trained rescue dog looked in vain for seven hours for a teenager who apparently ran away from the Carlbrook School on Saturday night.

Sheriff Stanley Noblin said the 16-year-old boy was reported missing sometime after 9 p.m. Deputies and trained volunteers in the search and rescue team fanned out in a one-mile radius of the school. Virginia and North Carolina authorities were alerted to be on the lookout for the teen.

Noblin and county Emergency Services Coordinator Kirby Saunders were headed back to the vicinity Sunday afternoon to double-check some spots, but Noblin thinks the boy is a runway.

Despite snow showers and temperatures in the 20s, Noblin thought the teen, who is athletic, intelligent and fresh from a weeks-long outdoor survival course that Carlbrook requires for admission, is capable of taking care of himself.

Saunders said the mostly volunteer crew, with the help of deputies, was on the scene for seven hours, or until about 4 or 5 a.m.

Carlbrook, founded in 2002 and located on about 200 acres west of South Boston, is a therapeutic boarding school for teens who have struggled academically or socially elsewhere. It has a rolling admissions policy.

Attempts to contact the school yesterday for comment were unsuccessful.

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