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Missing child found after Tuesday search
SoVaNow.com / June 06, 2013For the second time in less than a week, a missing person has been found and is safe. This time the search located a four-year-old who followed his dog into the woods behind his home.
The child, Matthew Seamster, was found in less than two hours, around 4:15 p.m. when State Police Special Agent Jay George discovered the child, accompanied by his dog, Jake-Jake about six-tenths of a mile away from his home in a wooded area.
According to Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark the child was reported missing to his office around 2:30 p.m.
Upon arrival at the MacDonald Road home, Sergeant Chris Yeatts spoke to the child’s mother, Jamie Williams, who told him that she had last seen the child before lunch time. She added that his dog was also missing.
A search was immediately initiated with Sheriff’s deputies, State Police, Kirby Saunders, Coordinator of Emergency Services, Halifax Town police officers, state park rangers, conservation officers, tracking experts with the Department of Corrections, personnel from the Social Services Department, Rescue Squad members, Halifax E-911, as well as several local fire and rescue crews all responded to assist in locating the child.
A Virginia State Police helicopter and their Tactical Field Force search team were activated to assist and Deputies Tracey Mocarsky and Chuck Bates brought their canine units and immediately began tracking the child.
The K-9 units were able to pick up the child’s scent trail which led down to a creek behind the child’s house and George soon spotted the child.
The little boy told George that he was playing with his dog and followed him into the woods. He also told George that they “got lost and he was tired, but couldn’t lie down because he didn’t have his home, his bed or his TV.”
A happy crew returned him to family members and he was evaluated by Rescue Squad personnel who were on site.
Clark could only thank all the law enforcement officers and volunteers who turned out to search for the child.
“Thank God he was safe and found in a timely manner,” Clark said.
Last week on Friday a 91 year old man, John Thomas Foster, who had been missing for some three days was found alive and in fair condition in the Birch Elmo community not far from his home after law enforcement officers , volunteer firefighters and some 20 volunteer search and rescue teams looked for him.
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