Oatsville, IN — After a nine day search, 12-year-old Josh Miller was discovered to have been hiding underneath his own home. Pike County Sheriff Jeremy Britton said the boy appeared to be in good condition, but he was taken to a local hospital for a medical evaluation as a precaution.
“He was dirty and had not had a bath for nine days,” the sheriff said, “He had some insect bites and ticks on him, but I think overall for nine days, he looked pretty good.”
Richardson said authorities were alerted by Josh’s parents, Dan and Sabrina Miller, about 3PM Saturday that they had heard noises under their house. They suspected it might be Josh. Members of the homeland security search team and the Ohio Valley Search and Rescue squad went to the house and persuaded the boy to come out. Josh’s agreeing to come out made a call to the BATF requesting flame throwers and armored personnel carriers unnecessary.
Sheriff Britton reportedly said the boy did not have an explanation for his running away from home and eluding searchers. The boy had obtained food from the family home during the nine days when no one was home, the sheriff said. He was also reported to have changed some clothing during the period.
Since he was reported missing on June 23, search parties – consisting mainly of volunteers – had searched rural Pike County area in an effort to find the child. Local searchers were joined at one point by an FBI helicopter equipped with thermal imaging equipment.
The sheriff said he did not at present foresee any charges being filed. Britton said he is working with the state’s Child Protective Services “to do what is best for the child.”
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