Maryland state police were searching yesterday for a 9-year-old boy reported missing from his home near Salisbury since Saturday.

Police said William Russell Marine Jr. was reported missing by his parents at shortly after 7 p.m. when he failed to return home for dinner.

Marine is the second boy to vanish from the Salisbury area since a 10-year-old boy who lived five miles from the Marine home disappeared without a trace in July, police said.

Young Marine was last seen around noon playing hear his home in the Naylor Mill Village trailer camp in a rural area north of Salisbury.

Yesterday, 30 state troopers searched the woods surrounding the boy's home with eight bloodhounds, as a state police helicopter hovered overhead. The troopers were unable to find traces of him. Meanwhile investigators from the criminal investigation division spent the day questioning area residents.

The disappearance of the Marine boy came only a day after police had announced they would launch a second massive hunt for the other boy who has been missing since July 28.

That boy, Troy William Krause, lived on Johnson Road in southeast Salisbury. Police said that any idea of connection between the two incidents at this point "would be mere speculation."

Police said they will begin searching for the Krause boy again in about two weeks after the autumn harvest. By that time, much of the foliage will have dropped off the trees, police said. the boy lives in an area of mostly corn and soybean farms.

The Krause boy was last seen as he departed from his home on his bicycle to go swimming at the local YMCA. His bike was later found in a ditch, police said.

The Marine boy was described as 4-foot-3, slender, weighing 65 pounds. He has brown hair and was wearing a blue knit stocking cap, a green hooded sweatshirt, black corduroy jeans and blue tennis shoes with white stripes, police said. His nickname is Rusty.