Hero dog helps police locate missing two-year-old boy in cornfield

Henrietta Strickland
October 11, 2017

The toddler was playing with siblings outside his home in Richmond last week when he wandered away. The family searched the farmyard for about 30 minutes before contacting the Sheriff's Office about 6:17 p.m., the release said.

Police said thanks to the dog, who never left the child's side, the helicopter was able to spot them using a heat-seeking device.

Footage posted online by the Minnesota police shows the dog walking toward the boy who appeared to be in "preservation and protection mode", the Daily Mail reported.

The community banded together instantly with the sheriff's office, the fire department, two police bloodhounds and 200 volunteers joining in on the search. Also included in the search party was a State Patrol helicopter equipped with a heat-seeking device created to locate people in the dark. According to the Stearns County sheriff's office, the boy's grandmother came outside to check on the children and could not find the boy. The pilot then directed ground searchers to the boy's location, where they found him and his dog safe.

Law enforcement brought the boy back home where he was reunited with his mom, Kaitlyn Bottem, and evaluated by ambulance.

Searchers heard barking "at one point, then it stopped barking", said Sheriff's Lt. Vic Weiss.

He added that the dog's presence "absolutely, for sure" played a major role in leading rescuers to the boy.

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