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10-year-old boy found safe

(Editor’s note: Police said the boy was found safe)

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing 10-year-old boy in the area of Charlotte Road in Orange, authorities announced at 3:55 a.m. Saturday.

Police said Landon Smith has been missing since 8 p.m. Friday, and his family stated Landon has walked away from the home on other occasions but always returned a short time later.

Janois Grizzaffi, of the Sheriff’s Office, said deputies searched the neighborhood and spoke with other relatives and were not able to locate Landon. Deputies are searching Forest Heights and the surrounding neighborhoods.

At this time, Deputies are searching on foot and are being assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office helicopter.

Landon was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue T-shirt and boots. The family’s dog, a belgium malinois (looks similar to a german shepherd) named Max, should be with Landon.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking that neighbors in the Forest Heights and surrounding areas to check their yards and any buildings in case Landon may have gotten lost and sought shelter from the cold.

Contact the Sheriff’s Office at 409-883-2612 if you have any information about Landon Smith.