Missing Boys Found Watching TV Inside Neighbor’s Empty Home

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JOHNSTON, Iowa - Two boys that were reported missing in Johnston Tuesday afternoon have been located.

The two boys, ages three and five, disappeared at about 1 p.m. from an area near their home.

Frederick Sherman, 5, and his brother Issac, 3, were found unharmed at about 4 p.m. Police said the two boys had let themselves into a neighbor's unoccupied house and were found watching TV inside. The boys told Channel 13 they were watching the television network "Nick Jr."

"When you can't find them in the first five minutes you get a little worried but we had a lot of neighbors out looking for them and the police got here and had lots of people out there now they're home and they're back," says their mother Stacey Sherman.

They boys wondered just one block away into neighbor Kate Trimble's home.

Trimble was away from the home working on her family's farm when she got the call from police.

"I got here and the TV was on to Nickelodeon or something cartoons. They were upstairs in the master bedroom watching TV and they left their slippers so I just went back and returned the slippers to the mom," says Trimble.

The Johnston police and fire departments, city public works department, Polk County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Marshals Service all participated in the search. K9 all assisted in the search.

Trimble thanked the police and law enforcement for all their help and said she's looking forward to a quiet night at home.

"Very blessed, very happy."


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