One of the most terrifying situations a parent could find themselves in came true for a Montana family recently when 3-year-old boy Ryker Webb went missing in the wilderness last weekend. The boy went missing around 5 p.m. on Friday evening while he was playing with the family dog outside of the home, according to a Facebook post shared by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The police department was notified of his disappearance when a “concerned neighbor” reported a “possible missing child in the Bull Lake area” according to the Facebook post shared by the police department.
According to Lincoln County Sheriff Darren Short, the child and his father “were in the yard together” when the father went inside the home for a moment,” according to a local news station. After returning, the father soon realized his father “was gone.” Eventually, neighbors received a Code Red Alert and were asked to search their own properties and structures for the child. According to authorities, when he was found on Sunday, there were more than 50 people actively searching for him. Fortunately, he was found “in good spirits and apparently healthy” when he was found on Sunday in Sanders County, Montana.
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After being found by deputies, Webb was reportedly “hungry, thirsty and cold.” The weather while he was missing created adverse conditions for search crews, who used all-terrain vehicles, drones, and dog teams. Officers from the Spokane Police Department, two Montana Air National Guard helicopters, and drones from Flathead County also participated in the search that Saturday. Local authorities were thankful for the help of everyone involved. Hopefully, the situation that unfolded with this family served as a lesson to others to always keep a lookout for young children when they are out playing this summer.