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Port Angeles boy, reported as runaway, found safe in Poulsbo

Joshua Gershon, photographed at a family gathering, was found in Poulsbo three weeks after being reported as a runaway in Port Angeles. - Peninsula Daily News
Joshua Gershon, photographed at a family gathering, was found in Poulsbo three weeks after being reported as a runaway in Port Angeles.
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By JEREMY SCHWARTZ
Peninsula Daily News

POULSBO — A 13-year-old boy from Port Angeles who had been missing since Oct. 3 has been found safe in Poulsbo.

Joshua Gershon, reported as a runaway by his stepfather, Otto Gershon, was discovered frequenting the Poulsbo branch of the Kitsap Regional Library on Friday evening, Otto Gershon said in an email to the Peninsula Daily News.

Joshua had been making his way to the Poulsbo area for the past few weeks, Gershon said, sleeping in bushes and doing odd jobs to get money for food. The stepfather said Joshua had run away before.

Gershon said a representative from a Christian ministry in Poulsbo specializing in advising homeless youth contacted him after the representative met up with Joshua at the Poulsbo branch library.

On Friday, Gershon said he expected Joshua would be home some time this weekend.

During the search for Joshua, information about the 5-foot boy with short brown hair and blue eyes had been entered into a national law enforcement database, and Clallam County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Lyman Moores said deputies had followed up on most every lead received. Moores said calls of possible sightings of Joshua had come in from multiple areas, including a wooded area in west Port Angeles near Stevens Middle School and the Discovery Bay area in Jefferson County. 

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