Bloodhounds Find Missing Boy in Just 30 Minutes

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Bloodhounds Find Missing Boy in Just 30 Minutes

 

Audra Hughes, the mother of 3-year-old Aedric, was at work when she received a call from her mother that her son was missing. According to Fox Network, an American conservative pay television news channel, Aedric, who has autism, was left unsupervised by his grandmother in Pace, Florida. He then wandered out of the front door and into the woods near his home. “That’s the most terrifying words a mother can get over the phone. ‘Your child is missing, get home now,’” she said.

The incident was immediately reported to the authorities of the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. After searching the woods to no avail, the deputies called in K-9s Copper and Zinc to assist in the search. Within half an hour, Aedric was found by the Bloodhounds “huddled tightly under a heavy brush area.” The boy was approximately 200 yards from home in a large wooded area. The authorities reported that he had a few bug bites and minor scratches but was otherwise uninjured. 

 

Photo Credit: Santa Rosa County District One - Commissioner Sam Parker on Facebook (via Unilad)

 

Aedric was immediately pulled out from the bush which was so thick that crews needed a machete to clear it and reach him. According to People, an American weekly magazine of celebrity and human-interest stories, the sheriff’s office shared the story in a Facebook post, which included a picture of the rescue. “The photo of Deputy Lenzo carrying the 3-year-old out of the woods speaks volumes as to the seriousness of the incident,” it said.

 

Photo Credit: Santa Rosa County District One - Commissioner Sam Parker on Facebook (via Fox News)

 

“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 came out to help with this effort,” the post added.

Audra was immediately informed about her son. “And then a couple of hours later, the best news I’ve ever heard in my life. ‘We found your kid,’” she said. 

 

Photo Credit: Santa Rosa County District One - Commissioner Sam Parker on Facebook (via Unilad)

 

The sheriff’s office also shared that the Bloodhounds were added to their agency approximately a year ago. Since being a part of the team, the K-9s have found nine people, including senior citizens, criminals, and children. 

 

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