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Missing 15-year-old boy comes out of woods wet and hypothermic

He had been missing for more than 8 hours.

A 15-year-old boy who went missing in west-central Minnesota on Monday came out of the woods several hours later showing signs of hypothermia.

The boy, who has special needs, was reported missing from a home in rural Ponsford, in Becker County, at 12:36 a.m.

A search team was scrambled that included officers from numerous agencies including the White Earth Police Department, Becker County Sheriff's Office, the Minnesota State Patrol, several K-9 units, and fire departments in Detroit Lakes, Carsonville, and White Earth.

At around 9 a.m., the boy came out of some woodland on his own and presented himself to responders.

The Becker County Sheriff's Office says he was wet and hypothermic.

He was taken by air ambulance to North Memorial Hospital in the Twin Cities for treatment on hypothermia.

Hypothermia happens when your body loses heat faster than it produces it, and it can occur if you're out in the cold for prolonged periods of time and in clothing that isn't adequate for the conditions.

Wet clothing can also exacerbate it, the Mayo Clinic says.

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