Family dogs help searchers find missing boy in Yamhill County

Missing Persons

Child was missing between Yamhill and Gaston

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An air and ground search for a 5-year-old in Yamhill County paid off Wednesday night as the child was found “in good shape.”

But it was the family dogs who helped the searchers find the boy.

The child was reported missing on Mount Richmond Road between Yamhill and Gaston, officials said.
Sgt. Sam Elliott with the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office said the youngster was located about a mile from the search command area on NW Mt Richmond Rd. He was cold, but in good spirits.

Three of the family dogs were with the boy and search teams heard them barking in the distance, Elliott said. They called in more resources and followed the noise of the dogs to the boy.

The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office said numerous agencies — the Yamhill Fire Department, Yamhill PD, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Gaston FD, TVFR and Newberg PD — were all involved in the search.

Authorities also asked Portland police to use their FLIR-equipped aircraft in the search, which took off and looked.

Numerous agencies combined in a successful search for a 5-year-old boy in Yamhill County, December 2, 2020 (KOIN)

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