A 3-year-old boy with autism was lost and was returned safely to his family thanks to Florida deputies and their K-9.
The Miami Herald reported that Aedric’s grandmother was watching the boy on Sunday when he decided to unlock the deadbolt installed on the front door and walked out while the grandmother was in the bathroom.
Great job Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office! Their bloodhounds found a missing 3 year old autistic boy who was lost in the woods today. Thank you to everyone else that cane out to help with this effort.
The report from the deputies states that the child wandered into the woods behind a neighbor’s home in Pace, a Pensacola suburb in the Florida Panhandle.
Audra Hughes, the mother of the child, made a statement at a news conference on Monday morning that “The most terrifying words a mother can get on the phone is ‘your child is missing, get home right now.’”
The Sherriff’s Office of Santa Rosa County searched the woods and after two hours of search, they couldn’t find the boy. After that, they sent their bloodhounds and with less than 30 minutes, little Aedric was found.
Sheriff Bob Johnson said that “Once the dog hit the ground, it was 28 minutes until we got the child.”
Aedric was found 200 yards away surrounded by briars and mud. Deputies report that they had to use a machete to reach the child.
The boy had some minor scratches and bug bites, but otherwise safe.
Sam Parker, the District One Commissioner, congratulated the team on their hard-working well-done job by writing on Facebook. He stated:
“Great job Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office! Their bloodhounds found a missing 3 year old autistic boy who was lost in the woods today. Thank you to everyone else that cane out to help with this effort.”