“Our hearts dropped; we couldn’t find him anywhere.” Mom overjoyed son is back home

Published: Jun. 14, 2022 at 9:56 PM EDT
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DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - A little boy named Wyatt is back home with family after wandering off, naked, Tuesday night.

“Our hearts dropped; we couldn’t find him anywhere,” said Stephanie Johnson, the mother of the 4-year-old.

Johnson said Wyatt was playing with his brothers, and when she went to check on them, Wyatt was gone.

“We checked the house; he wasn’t in the house. We checked with the neighbors because he does visit with our neighbors, and he wasn’t there either,” said Johnson.

She said he walked off from his home near Mount Cross Road.

“He wasn’t alone, he had company he had two dogs with him. They’re both neighborhood dogs. One’s his grandmothers and one’s the neighbor’s dog and they stayed with him and kept him company, kept him warm as it cooled down last night. That was very comforting to know he had something with him,” said Johnson.

Community members came together to search for the missing boy.

“We have close friends and family nearby, but for the whole community right here in this area to come together and so quickly, that was awesome. Like I said and they went through the whole night looking for him. We couldn’t be more blessed with the people around us,” said Johnson.

Finally, there was hope.

”They finally come across the radio and said they had laid eyes on him. They had him, but it took them about another ten to fifteen minutes before they got him down here to us and they had checked him over. Everything was good. He’s covered in scratches but that was the worst of it, so he was definitely tired and scared and we’re just happy to have him home,” said Johnson.

EARLIER STORY: A four-year-old boy named Wyatt is missing after being seen at his home along Cedar Trail around 8 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, he was wearing no clothes and wandered away from his home. He has blue eyes and blonde hair. No photo has been released.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 434-432-7931.

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