This story was updated at 2:35 p.m. March 21.
Prince George’s County and Laurel police are searching the area around Laurel High School today for a missing person police say is “armed and suicidal.”
“Our goal is to find this person OK and get them whatever help they need,” said Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County Police.
Around noon, Laurel High School went into lockdown for safety reasons, said Briant Coleman, a county schools spokesman.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School was also placed on lockdown, according to a press release from the school system at around 2 p.m.
The lockdown was lifted around 2 p.m., said Copeland.
“There is restricted access to the building,” Coleman said, describing what happened during the lockdown. “Students are confined to the building ...Visitors aren’t allowed.”
While the school was in lockdown, classes continued as normal, Coleman said.
County and Laurel city police have been searching the area around the school, which is located at 8000 Cherry Lane, for a man described in his 40s that lives outside of city limits who was last seen by his family at around 1 a.m. today, said Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a county police spokesman.
The man’s family reported him missing around 11 a.m., Copeland said.
Officers are being aided in a search effort by a police helicopter equipped with thermal imaging, and no roads are being impacted by the search, Copeland said.
“Hopefully, we’ll find this person OK and it’s all to do about nothing,” Copeland said.