Town Rallies, Finds Toddler Lost in Cornfield for 20 Hours

500 volunteers signed up to search near Antigo, Wis.
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2016 9:58 AM CDT
Town Rallies, Finds Toddler Lost in Cornfield for 20 Hours
Rows of corn line a food plot in New Madrid County, Mo.   (Glenn Landberg/The Southeast Missourian via AP)

A 3-year-old boy lost for 20 hours in a cornfield where stalks reached 7-feet tall has been found safe and sound in Wisconsin. Dyton Logalbo was playing outside near his home around 2pm Saturday when his mom saw him wandering into the cornfield north of Antigo, reports the Wausau Daily Herald. She alerted authorities when she couldn't find him on her own. Police—who searched with helicopters, drones, and K9 units—didn't even need to ask for volunteers, per the Antigo Times. Unprompted, some 500 people signed up to search before Dyton was found Sunday morning, police say. Tom Andraschko says he was searching a section of the cornfield with 70 others around 10:30am when he found the toddler sitting cross-legged on the ground.

He was cold, wet, and scared, but otherwise in good health, though he was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. "I asked my wife if she thought I should come this morning, if they need any help," Andraschko, a father of 2-year-old twins, told WAOW on Sunday. "She said, 'Well, if it were your kids, how many people would you want to come?' So I came right away." A sheriff praised the "caring and compassion" of the community for helping get Dyton home safely. Just as Dyton was found, however, authorities in Waukesha, Wis., began searching for a 10-year-old boy with autism who also disappeared into a cornfield. He was found safe about a mile into the field by two high school students on Monday morning, reports Fox 6. (More uplifting news stories.)

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