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Search Continues for Boy Missing in Black Hills, S.D.

May 16, 1995

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) _ Police found footprints near a cabin in their search Monday for a boy who has been missing for three days in rugged backcountry.

The footprints near the cabin, which had been broken into, ``generally match″ those of 12-year-old Leroy DeGrand, said Custer County Sheriff Jim Dagget. There was still no sign of the boy by nightfall.

DeGrand disappeared Friday afternoon while climbing the 7,240-foot Harney Peak during a school field trip.

Snow, hail and heavy rains lashed the upper elevations of the Black Hills over the weekend. DeGrand was wearing jeans, a T-shirt and perhaps a sweatshirt.

On Sunday, a South Dakota National Guard helicopter used heat-sensing equipment to search the mountain for the boy, Dagget said. About 80 volunteers and officials searched on foot and on horseback for the boy over the weekend.

``We felt we should have found something by now,″ Dagget said. The search will resume Tuesday.

In Middleboro, Mass., meanwhile, a woman and her four young nieces were found Monday morning after spending more than 15 cold, wet hours lost in woods around a cranberry bog. It was unclear how they got there.

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