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Police confirm that 3 missing boys in Monroe have been found

KIRO Radio

"They're in trouble. But they'll be ok."

That's the word from Jerry Gertschitz, the grandfather of two of the three missing boys who were found near their home in Monroe after an all night search.

The three young boys reported missing overnight near the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe were found safe on Thursday morning.

A friend of the family tells KIRO Radio that the boys were found about a block from their home.

The boys, ages 8, 10, and 11 were playing outside Wednesday in the 18000 block of 137th St. SE Monroe, but did not return home on Wednesday night.

Ethyan Gertschitz, 8, and Elijah Gertschitz, 10, are brothers. They, along with their friend Dylan Lewis, were reported missing about 10:30 p.m.

One of the boys' fathers reportedly went outside to request they finish playing and come inside around 9:45 p.m. He returned a while later and the boys were gone.

According to King 5 News "KING 5 reporter Jennifer Cabala found the three boys sitting on a Monroe sidewalk while covering the story. She immediately called police."

Snohomish County Search and Rescue crews used a helicopter outfitted with infrared sensors late Wednesday night to fly over the wooded area.

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