Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on January 11, 2013 @ 9:43AM
Created on January 10, 2013 @ 6:35PM
Wednesday on 5 news we told you that 3-year-old Harry Martin went missing around 5 PM. After about a three and a half hour search, the boy was found. He was with his two dogs about a mile and a half away from his Worthington home. The boy was taken to the hospital Wednesday night just for precaution but is now home safe with his family.
The Marion County Sheriff's Department, along with community members were out searching for the boy. Sheriff Joe Carpenter told 5 News that their recent training helped in the successful recovery of the boy. The department started their tracking training just a few weeks ago, and he got his tracking kit with flags and tools inside on Wednesday.
Carpenter said this program has shown the department the elements of finding a missing person, like focusing on what direction they could have gone or how far they could have traveled in that time. All of their calculations were on target in this case. The next step is to critique the search efforts so the department will be better prepared the next time something like this happens.
"When they carried him up the hill, the little boy just looks at us and waves and says 'Hi!'. Of course the crowd just starts clapping and cheering. Every time you have a scenario, you have to critique it and you have to figure out what you can do better. And that's what we've done already this morning. So next time this happens we can be one more step ahead," said Marion County Sheriff Joe Carpenter.
Many people 5 News spoke with Thursday said they were so happy the little boy was found and they think the Sheriff's Department does a good job of keeping everyone safe. But they couldn't help but think of Aliayah Lunsford.
Aliayah has been missing for over a year now, but people haven't given up hope. Carpenter said they've gone to Lewis County a few times to be a part of the search and they plan on continuing to help out. One man said it's always so sad to see a young child go missing from a loving home, no matter how long it is.
"I think they did a wonderful job. I just have confidence in them," said Marion County Resident Carol Paxton.
"At least they found the kid. I think that's the main thing. And if they keep their eyes peeled, I hope and pray to God they get the little girl too. Get her back here safe. But if not they need to still keep searching," said Marion County Resident Brece Newborugh.
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