Hundreds search for young child in corn field
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 02:38:56 GMT —
A family and a community are breathing a sigh of relief Tuesday after a massive search effort brought home a 3-year-old girl who was lost in a corn field.
"We were sitting there eating and she decided to just get up and I went to grab her and she, she just started off, she took off, and I went in there looking for her, I was in there for probably about a half an hour and I called 911," mother Crystal Stewart said.
The gravel road was filled with about 200 first responders and volunteers.
Their mission ... to find Jayden.
For six hours, search parties filled the fields of corn.
"In the field we found her in, we actually searched two or three times. She was up and moving the whole time we were looking for her. The family had notified us she would be leery of anybody or strangers looking for her so she may try to hide from us, I'm sure that's what happened, that's why it took us so long to find her," Mark Jeffers with the Pike County Emergency Rescue Team said.
Jayden's mother and Jeffers both say it was extremely important to find her before it was too late.
"She has two different forms of seizures and we were worried with as hot as it was outside, plus you know its another 20 degrees hotter in the corn field that she was going to go into a seizure," Stewart said.
"But with the storms coming in, the rain could cause hypothermia and she could have fell into a creek, there's numerous water holes around that field also," Jeffers said.
But Jayden was found just before the next day could begin.
"We got lucky about finding her 10 to 15 minutes before the big storm hit," Jeffers added.
KHQA confirmed with Sheriff Paul Petty around midnight that the missing child had been found. A tweet from @pittsfield_pd at 12:11 a.m. stated, "Missing child has been located".
Pike County, Illinois ESDA Coordinator David Greenwood told KHQA the 3-year-old girl walked into the field at around 6 p.m.
More than six agencies were on hand to help with the search.
Bloodhounds from St. Louis were on their way to assist when Jaynden was found.