By JPOST.COM STAFF
After almost ten hours of searches, an eight-year-old boy who went missing during a family outing in the Burma forest on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Wednesday afternoon was found unharmed in the Sha'ar Hagai area.
The boy, Ofra resident Nitzan Cohen, was hiking with his family. At one point, the children ran up ahead, and when the parents called them back Nitzan did not respond.
"He disappeared within a fraction of a second, the whole thing took less that half a minute," Channel 2 quoted Nitzan's worried father as saying. Because the boy is autistic, police decided to call in large forces to the area, according to the report.
In addition to police forces and firefighting teams, more than 1,500 people volunteered to take part in the search efforts.
The search party was diverse, and included Arab Israelis, haredi Jews, West Bank settlers and residents of nearby kibbutzim and moshavim, Israel Radio reported.
Several minutes after midnight, one of the search teams found Cohen near the Sha'ar Hagai Farm, several kilometers away from the spot where he was last seen in the afternoon.
A medical team examined the boy and found that he was healthy and unharmed.
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