A missing four-year-old boy who ventured on his own for two days in near-freezing temperatures has finally been found.
Ryker Webb, who was reported missing on Friday afternoon, was last seen playing with their dog in their family backyard in Troy, Montana.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said that search efforts for the child were hampered by “very poor weather conditions which consisted of rain, low visibility, and low ceiling.”
Temperatures on Saturday fell into minus 40s, with a quarter-inch of rain hitting the ground.
Speaking to KREM, Lincoln County Sheriff Darren Short said that the young boy’s family was very distraught during his disappearance.
“He and his dad were in the yard, the father went inside the home for a moment and when he went back outside, the child was gone,” Short said on Saturday. “We have a very distraught family and a lot of concern over him.”
Search teams were deployed, along with dog teams, a boat unit, and several drones.
Two days later, Ryker was finally found near Pine Ridge Road and South Fork Bull River Road in Sanders County, more than two miles from where he vanished.
Ryker was “in good spirits and apparently healthy, although hungry, thirsty and cold,” the sheriff said in a statement.
He was taken to Cabinet Peaks Medical Center for evaluation.
“Thank you to the many agencies and persons who assisted in this search,” Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook.
“Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, David Thompson Search and Rescue, Bull Lake Volunteer Fire Department and Bull Lake Volunteer Ambulance, Flathead County SAR, Flathead County Sheriff’s Office, Spokane PD, Bonner County Sheriff’s Office, North Valley SAR, Two BEAR Air, Montana Air National Guard, Libby Volunteer Fire Department, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the large group of experienced outdoorsmen and families who responded from Sanders County.
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