What was supposed to be a fun Saturday afternoon in October 2016, turned into a day of panic for one Wisconsin family after a little boy went missing. Thankfully, after more than 20 hours, he was safely returned home.
Three-year-old Dyton Logalbo was playing in his family’s backyard as his mom watched over him and gardened. Suddenly, the youngster headed further away and into the cornfield just beyond the yard.
His mom called out his name and, when that failed, entered the stalks herself. Unfortunately, cornfields are notorious for being incredibly thick, and little Dyton was nowhere to be found.
That’s when she called the county sheriff’s department which sprung into action to organize a search. Soon, a team of volunteer and city fire departments, drones, rescue dogs, two helicopters, and above all, community members banded together to look for Dyton.
News spread about the missing toddler quickly through social media and, according to Inside Edition, more than 600 people came out to help. Authorities and citizens alike turned up.
Luckily, they knew where to look. “I was relatively confident he was in the cornfield,” Sheriff Bill Greening told Inside Edition. “I felt confident once we had enough personnel that we’d ultimately be able to find him.”
Through the thick corn stalks, it was still incredibly difficult. “We had to almost step on the child to find him, it was so thick,” Greening said.
Over 20 hours after he had gone missing, a volunteer stumbled upon the boy. He was simply sitting down, cross-legged and scared in the stalks.
“Didn’t really register really how amazing it was,” Tom Andraschko, who found the boy, told WBAY. “Just glad that he was sitting up, and he looked safe, and he was fine. He was just scared. Very scared yet.”
After finding Dyton, the focus turned to his health. The boy was given water and snacks before being taken to the hospital.
Soon after, he was released. “He was cold, and wet and scared,” Greening said. “But overall, he was in good health.”
The family and sheriff’s department expressed great thanks to everyone who turned out to help. “It was amazing. I’ve seen a lot of situations like this before and it is truly amazing the amount of caring and compassion that our community provides without even the need for announcements for volunteers,” Greening told the Antigo Times.
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