Missing 3-year-old found safe in Henry County

Published: Apr. 25, 2016 at 9:46 PM EDT
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A missing boy in Henry County has been found safe.

Three-year-old Mason Ryan was located after a 9-hour search.

A group of volunteers helping in the search located him in the woods behind Evergreen Drive in the Spencer community - about 3/4 of a mile from his home.

According to volunteers, Mason was found unhurt and barefoot. He was sitting up straight, wide awake, with his dog by his side.

"We was right across the field and heard that dog yelping,” volunteer Bryan Scales said.

“That dog's a million dollar dog right there. If it wasn't for that dog we wouldn't have found him,” volunteer Austin Taylor said.

Mason went missing around 6 p.m. Monday evening.

His mother told authorities Mason was inside the home with the dog.

She walked away for about 10 minutes, and when she returned, they were gone.

Hundreds of volunteers joined search and rescue crews to find Mason.

He was taken to the hospital to be evaluated.



The missing boy in Henry County has been found safe.

Police tell WDBJ7's Danielle Staub that he was found about three miles away from his home in a wooded area.

They also say they found him because they heard his dog barking, and followed the sounds.

WDBJ7 will be live at the scene this morning, stay with us for all the latest information.


Search and rescue teams are working overnight in Henry County as they search for a missing boy.

Mason Ryan, 3, was reported missing from the Wagon Trail Road area of Spencer just before 6 p.m. Monday. He was last seen with a dog and wearing a Batman shirt, Sheriff Lane Perry told WDBJ7's Danielle Staub. Mason's mother stepped into another room, and when she returned, he along with the small brown dog were gone.

Virginia State Police, along with fire and rescue, and volunteers are assisting the Henry County Sheriff's Office with the search.

An area around the home has been taped off in an effort to preserve any potential evidence, according Major Eric Winn.