November 18, 2016 NEWS RELEASE
The Midland County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to report that we located a missing child that wandered away from the family home and was gone for approximately four hours.
At approximately 11:34 am Midland County Central Dispatch received a call that a two year old child had wandered away from a residence located in the 5800 block of West Bradford Rd in Midland County’s Greendale Township. The child was being watched by a two relatives a 24 year old woman and a 28 year old man. They reported that they had last seen the child at approximately 9:30 am. The babysitters had put the child back to bed and had fallen asleep. They woke up at approximately 10:30 and discovered the child missing. When they couldn’t locate the child they contacted Midland County 911. The child was last seen wearing a diaper and nothing else.
Due to the age of the child and the length of time that the child was missing a large scale search and rescue effort was launched immediately. K-9 units from the Midland Police and Tri City State Police Post were dispatched, along with the Midland County Search and Rescue Team, and the Michigan State Police Helicopter out of Lansing.
While assembling the Search and Rescue Team and awaiting the Michigan State Police Helicopter, a ground search was started with a K9 unit from the Midland City Police Department. While searching along a gas pipeline right away just east of the residence the child was located. He had wandered approximately ½ mile from the residence. A 63 year old neighbor who had gone out on the woods on his own to look for the child had located him just prior to the arrival of the K-9 Unit. The child was located at approximately 1:37 pm. The Child was returned to his residence where he was checked out by Mid Michigan EMS and turned over to his parents.
The Midland County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Isabella County Sheriff’s Office, the Shepherd Police Department, the Michigan State Police Aviation Division, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Midland City Police Department, the Lee Township Fire Department, and the Shepherd Tri Township Fire Department. We are thankful for the overwhelming response that brought this incident to a successful conclusion.
Sheriff Scott Stephenson