Sunday, June 9, 2013

Missing Westford Academy student found

Rebecca Campbell, a senior, went missing this morning around 9:30 a.m. after being spotted in Westford Academy’s Bell lobby, an area inside the school where students gather before and after classes, according to Superintendent Everett V. Olsen.
Westford Police Provisional Captain Mark Chambers said at the scene that Campbell was being reunited with her mother around 1 p.m.
A condition of the child was unavailable as of 1:15 p.m.
At the scene, the woman who identified herself earlier as Campbell’s mother, was seen hugging people. There was a sense of relief among a group of officers in uniform and officials in regular street clothes.
An ambulance was sitting on Starr Road with its lights flashing.
As of noon, the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC), a State Police helicopter, Westford police and Olsen were on the scene. A woman, who identified herself as Campbell’s mother, was also on the grounds but declined to comment.
Police searched surrounding roads that abut the Patten Road high school, including the areas of Forge Village Road and Country Road. A portion of the woods behind the school was also being searched by police, which connects to the Robinson and Crisafulli elementary schools.
According to a reverse 911 call from Westford police, Campbell was wearing a red plaid shirt, tan pants, and gold socks when she was last seen. She has blonde hair.
Students were systematically released between 11:30 a.m. and noon Thursday in small groups from Westford Academy. Those who drove were escorted to their cars. Police searched car trunks earlier this morning in the school’s parking lot before anyone was able to leave.
A school official in the main office said the students were released in order to accomodate a police search of the building.
Sophomore Jackie Joncas said that she and fellow sophomore Owen Martel had been part of the systematic release this morning.
“They were escorting us to our cars and letting us walk home,” she said.
The two students said they live a block away from the school and planned to walk home.
Check back for updates as they become available.

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