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Missing 2-year-old found safe

A 2-year-old boy walked out of his yard with family dogs and disappeared Friday evening. When the family realized he had left the property, they called the sheriff’s office and posted online requesting help. 

“We are very thankful he was found safe and unharmed,” said Maj. David Neal of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office. “He was missing for a couple hours. It’s always great to see the Pike County community come together when one of our citizens needs help.”

The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office helicopter and the PCSO bloodhounds were searching for the boy. And it may have been cold and dark, but the dirt and paved roads in the Pedenville Road area of Pike were soon full of citizens on ATVs, walking and riding around looking for the young boy. 

He was found by a landowner on his property more than a mile from his home around 10 p.m. Friday night.

Scott Sargeant was out of town on a business trip when his grandson went missing in Pike. 

“I opened a business a couple years ago in Hollonville and I told everyone what this county is all about and how the people in our counties [Pike, Spalding and Lamar] are the best in the world. You all proved that Friday night and I can’t thank you all enough. When I heard the news he was found, I just lost it crying in my hotel room, which might be weird from a 60 year old man but my prayers were answered. It really is amazing when you see what the good Lord and citizens can do together. Thank you everyone who helped or prayed for his safe return and that is why I will always be a Pike Countian!”

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