I did my quick check for Cole that I was doing about every three minutes. He was dressed in his orange fleece as I try to keep him in bright colors whenever we go out in a crowd. I looked and didn't see him and his friends couldn't find him. I alerted my two friends who then could not find him. Now Cole is the type of kid that holds on to the shopping cart in fear he may become separated, so I started to feel that panic. I began asking some of the other parents in the park if they had seen him and called his name louder.
After five hours oh wait it felt that long, but was more like three minutes of us looking for him I called 911. Fortunately, between the time spoke to a dispatcher and they transferred me to the Cherry Hill police a kind woman who I think I forgot to thank found him. Of course overtaken with emotions I was sobbing, which made Cole very distressed. He supposedly was hiding behind a stationary piece of equipment, but I can't even imagine how we all could not see him.
Today's lesson, when an adult is calling you during hide and and seek it means come out! I am writing this in hopes of preventing another parent a terrible moment like this. Please share with your friends. We are taking a small break from parks at least until I am over the nauseous feeling at the thought of it.
My other question for those with police backgrounds, how soon should you call 911? I felt like there was no harm in calling off the police if he were found but that if he was missing every minute would count.