Missing boy who had been adopted from Russia is found safe

May 4, 2013

The discovery Saturday of a missing boy helped to underscore the variety of the Washington-area landscape. What’s more, satisfaction that he was located in good condition may extend to the diplomatic world.

After an intensive search, Andrew Hyde, 11, who had left his home in Purcellville on his own Friday, was found in a nearby field in a hay bale, said Liz Mills, a spokeswoman for the Loudoun County sheriff’s office.

Mills said Andrew was adopted years ago from Russia. Russia recently banned adoption of its children by Americans, claiming mistreatment. The ban has been cited as contributing to tensions between the two nations.

Secretary of State John F. Kerry is to discuss the issue this week in Moscow. It seems unlikely it would have helped his cause if Andrew had remained missing.

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