Ohio Special Response Search Team K-9s and unit members from around the state assisted the Mansfield Police Department, Ontario Police Department, FBI, Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the Division’s Unmanned Aerial System (DRONE) in conducting a wide area search for the 6 year old child missing since Wednesday evening.
During a Thursday afternoon press conference, Mansfield Police Chief Keith Porch informed the media that: "Mansfield could not have done this without the assistance of other agencies. I am extremely proud of how this situation ended and obviously the return of the 6-year-old is the outcome we wanted."
The Ohio Special Response Team is the state’s most comprehensively credentialed search and rescue team, approved by the state and qualified as a FEMA Emergency Support Function #9 search team. Team members complete extensive training via FEMA, Homeland Security, National Association for Search & Rescue, Mountain Rescue Association, American Standards 2209, and others.
The Ohio Special Response Team (OSRT) is always on the lookout for dedicated volunteers to fulfill roles in units throughout the state. If interested in becoming a qualified search responder, contact OSRT through our Mansfield Headquarters (419-528-0041 OSRTINC@YAHOO.COM).