Sheriff’s deputies in Lassen County have put out an all-points bulletin to find a 12-year-old foster child who went missing over the weekend.
The boy, identified as George in a missing-person report, is from Shasta County but recently was placed in a foster home in Janesville, Lassen County.
He is considered at risk, according to deputies, because of his age.
According to his guardian, George went outside to play on Sunday, and a short time later the guardian went to get him for dinner. It was then discovered he was missing.
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The guardian searched the area before calling the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office. Janesville is a farming area with hay fields, streams and a dry lakebed.
Deputies searched the area that night and the next day spoke to nearby residents. A county search and rescue team also was activated.
A search was conducted directly behind the foster care residence, the fields surrounding the property and the area up to the dry lakebed.
No sign was found of George. Deputies say that he may be trying to return to Shasta County where he previously lived and has friends.
One Safe Place, an organization that helps victims of domestic and sexual abuse, said on its Facebook page that George was a recent camper at the group’s Camp Hope, founded to provide children exposed to family violence a safe and caring place.
George is described as about 5 feet, 4 inches tall, 100 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black shirt with a green logo, black shorts and black shoes.