HAVRE, Mont. — On the evening of April 3, the Hill County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a possible juvenile runaway who had walked away from his home north of Havre, Mont. The Sheriff’s Office established a command center for the search, and activated the Hill County Search and Rescue. They also requested assistance from the Havre Police Department as well as the Havre Border Patrol Station.
Border Patrol agents responded, and were able to establish a direction of travel based of tracks they located near the juvenile’s home. The missing runaway was found late that night by a volunteer searcher approximately 10 miles from home. The juvenile told the Sheriff’s Deputy that he had been hiding from the searchers when he saw their lights approaching. He eventually found a main road and was walking towards town when he was found. After being checked out by Sheriff’s Office personnel he was reunited with his family.
“Working together during incidents such as this one shows how local and federal agencies are able to coordinate efforts to keep our communities and residents safe,” said Hill County Sheriff/Coroner Don Brostrom. “My deputies, together with the Border Patrol agents, Hill County Search and Rescue, and officers from the Havre Police Department, were able to locate this missing juvenile and get him home safely before the situation became critical.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.