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Missing 10-Year-Old Boy Found Dead

October 17, 2003

LINCOLN, N.H. (AP) _ A 10-year-old boy who disappeared in the New Hampshire woods was found dead Friday, four days after he apparently made a wrong turn in and became separated from his family.

``He has been found. Unfortunately, he is not alive,″ Sgt. Bruce Bonenfant of the Fish and Game Department said.

The boy was found about 2 1/4miles from where he was last seen playing Monday.

Patric, who celebrated his birthday Sunday at the family condo in the White Mountains, was last seen with his stepbrothers. Family members who live in Bourne, Mass., were getting ready to leave, and the boys’ father told them to check back every 15 minutes.

Patric challenged his stepbrothers to a race back to the condo, but he never arrived. Authorities believe he tried a shortcut and made a wrong turn.

Police said they did not suspect foul play.

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