Missing 4-year-old boy out of Danville found safe

Authorities have confirmed that 4-year-old Wyatt, who wandered from his home Tuesday night, was found safe and has been reunited with his family.

DANVILLE, Va.UPDATE

Authorities have confirmed that 4-year-old Wyatt, who wandered from his home Tuesday night, was found safe.

Officials say he has been reunited with his family.

Stephanie Johnson is pleased to have her son back safe after looking for her son, 4-year-old Wyatt Johnson, who wandered away from his home in Pittsylvania County.

“He was gone, we double-checked the house, we checked with our neighbors because he does visit with our neighbors. It was time to call,” Johnson said.

To get a call for emergency services and get assistance to look for Wyatt.

“Very scary, I was riding up and down the road, seeing if he may have walked that way, trying to check all the boxes we wanted to be able to find him first,” Johnson said.

Bryan Fox with Danville Life Saving Crew said they used multiple pieces of gear like this Kubota to transport goods when Wyatt went missing.

“A little after 9 o’clock we received a call for mutual aid from the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Department.”

Fox said the terrain is a hilly, wooded area and he says ground crews were essential with the search.

“The ground search is hard to beat when walking through the woods.”

In addition, they used drones to scan for heat to find Wyatt.

“Both of our drones that we have the flare thermal capability, it’s heat signatures it picks up on heat, it gives you a huge advantage because you’re not relying on a light, not a flashlight,” Fox said.

Rescue crews said around 5:30 Wednesday morning, Wyatt was found safe.

“He’s a little boy, he loves to explore, we’re definitely going to have to keep an eye on him,” mom Stephanie Johnson said.

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ORIGINAL STORY

Authorities are searching for a 4-year-old who was last seen outside of his home in Danville, according to Pittsylvania County officials.

The boy, Wyatt, wandered from his home on Cedar Trail around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, officials said.

The boy is described as having blonde hair, blue eyes and wearing no clothes.

If you see him, you are asked to contact the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office at 434-432-7931.


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