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Henry County K-9 Unit Credited With Finding Missing Clarksville Boy

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Posted at 4:17 PM, Jun 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 02:09:29-04

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - A missing 12-year-old boy with special needs has been found after going missing in Montgomery County. 

Officials with the Clarksville Police Department had asked help from the public to find the boy, identified as Joseph William Huffman. They said he ran away Sunday around 5:30 p.m. from his home in the 700 block of Cloud Drive. 

Officers said Joseph was special needs child with the mentality of a 6-year-old. Several agencies assisted in the search. 

Joseph was found just after 9 a.m. Monday by Henry County Sheriff's Deputy Wayne Fuqua and his K-9 partner, Cisco. 

The bloodhound was able to track Joseph's scent to the 800 block of Gholson Road, just one street over, but around two miles apart by road. 

Cisco found Joseph in a wooded area with challenging terrain. They had to trek through a creek to get to the boy. 

Details about his exact condition were not available, but officials said Joseph was found safe. 

Clarksville police Captain Scott Thornton credited all the agencies that assisted in the search. 

"The team work exhibited today from the different agencies that participated in the search was exemplary," he said. "I would especially like to thank Sheriff Monte Belew from the Henry County Sheriff's Office for allowing his K-9 Deputy Fuqua and Cisco to participate in the search."

Thornton said Cisco found Joseph within 30 minutes of beginning his search.