Dustin Endelman found safe Saturday

Dustin Endelman, 9, of Hawarden, ran away from his house at 602 16th St. in Hawarden. A search party gathered and assisted the Hawarden Police Department with finding the child.


HAWARDEN—The search was on for a missing 9-year-old boy in Hawarden on Saturday, June 1.

Sioux County Sheriff’s Office issued a nixel alert at 8:31 p.m. for the missing child. The alert said that Dustin Endelman had last been seen in Hawarden around 5 p.m. “wearing bright orange or green shirt and gym shorts.”

The sheriff’s office sent out a message at 11:03 p.m. saying the boy had been found. 

Endelman allegedly was found sleeping behind the air conditioning unit at a neighbor’s home.

Police chief Corey Utech said there is no foul play suspected

“This case was classified as a runaway and not a missing person,” Utech said. “The boy left the residence because he was being disciplined by his parents.”

After the child ran away from his house at 602 16th St. in Hawarden and then saw the search party, he became scared and hid.

“He became more scared that he was going to get into additional trouble now that everyone was looking for him,” Utech said.

The Hawarden Police Department was assisted by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, Hawarden Fire and Rescue, Hawarden EMS and several volunteers.

“It was appreciated,” Utech said.