Friday, August 4, 2000
Missing teen found baby-sitting
July 11 was bright and clear, a perfect day for the tall ships, and an even brighter, long-awaited day for 14-year-old Jennifer Morin, who had been looking forward to getting her braces off that day. However, this was not to be, for at 9:28 that morning Jennifer's mother, Jean, called the Carlisle Police to report her daughter was missing.
Jean Morin and her two young sons had been watching the tall ships on TV and at 9:15 a.m. called Jennifer, who had gotten up at 7:30 and was presumably in her room. But she was not to be found in the house, the cellar, the yard or the woods. The neighbors on Maple Street were called and Morin and her two sons even went door-to-door asking if anyone had seen Jennifer. By 9:28, when the police got the news, the family had made a rather extensive preliminary search.
Police, dogs, fire, helicopter
Lt. John Sullivan, who was in charge of the search, found Jennifer's address book and called her friends. The school, the Greenough Land and even the dentist were contactedto no avail. A patrol car drove up and down Maple Street with a megaphone, calling for Jennifer. The canine unit from Concord, ordered around 10:30 a.m., was on the scene and searching the woods 15 minutes later. A search crew stood by at the fire department, ready to begin after the canine search was completed. A police helicopter was ordered. Friends congregated, and it seemed that everyone in Carlisle knew Jennifer was missingexcept Jennifer.
In a sense, Jennifer found herself. The police found a notation about a baby-sitting appointment for that day on the family calendar. They called that number and left a message for Jennifer to get in touch with the police. When Jennifer called home from her baby-sitting job across town to find why the police wanted to see her, she learned that she was missing and her family learned she was found. The time was 11:50 a.m.
The helicopter was cancelled and the canine unit sent back to Concord. Lt. Sullivan called the incident a miscommunication but everyone saw how quickly and effectively a search unit could be organized. And, at the end of the day, the braces came off.
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