By Denice ThibodeauPublished: December 7, 2008
A missing toddler from Halifax County was found safe Saturday afternoon by Angel Search and Rescue of Danville.
Three-year-old Jaylynn Thorpe wandered away from Buskshoal Road in the Virgilina community on Friday shortly after 4 p.m., according to Halifax County officials.
He was found at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday about a half mile away from his home sitting on a log at a pond, according to news partner WSLS10.
Gary Goodson Jr., captain of Angel Search and Rescue, said the two puppies the child had with him helped keep him warm throughout the night.
“He was doing extremely well when our search teams found him,” Goodson said. “It’s really amazing, with as cool as the temperature got last night; it got down to about 24 degrees.”
Goodson had nothing but praise for the volunteers and professional rescue teams that turned out to search for the boy.
“There were about 300 different volunteers and professional searchers from all over the state and North Carolina,” Goodson said. “There were about 150 professional searchers at the scene.”
He said some of the professionals brought trained search dogs, others had special training in tracking footprints and other human signs and many were members of ground-team search crews.A state police helicopter also joined the search.
“All our training has really paid off,” Goodson said of his 50-member team. “We been practicing and drilling for this kind of emergency, and it all came together really well.”
Halifax County Sheriff Stanley Noblin was not available for comment Saturday afternoon — but an official with the sheriff’s department said everyone involved in the all-night search had finally gone home to get some sleep.
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