A toddler who has autism may have been lost and afraid when he disappeared for nearly six hours on Tuesday, but at least he wasn’t alone, thanks to a faithful dog.
The drama unfolded around 10:30 a.m., when Mississippi resident Chelsea Noble notified the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office that her son, 2-year-old William Odom, was missing. The community was alerted, and helicopters, K9 units, and ATVs spread out to search for the little boy.
Around 3:30 p.m., a fifth grader at the local elementary school, 10-year-old Blake Carroll (pictured below), heard a horn honking as he got off the school bus. He followed the sound to a broken-down truck, which sat only about a quarter mile away from William’s home.
Blake peeked inside the truck and found young William inside. Blake then ran to get his uncle, who pulled the toddler out of the truck and alerted the authorities.
Police believe there was no foul play– just a case of a wandering, curious child who didn’t know his way home.
“I felt really bad for the baby,” Blake said, “but I felt really proud because I rescued the baby.”
But Blake isn’t the only hero in this story.
The rescuers are especially thankful for the family’s dog, who stayed by the toddler’s side throughout the entire ordeal.
“Every time we found his footprint, we found the dog footprint right beside him. So the dog traveled with him all day,” said Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson. “When the little boy was found the dog was still circling the truck and scratching on the truck.”
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