TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A missing 3-year-old child from Montana spent days alone in the desert before being found alive, authorities say.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in Montana said it originally received a report Friday from a concerned neighbor about a missing child in Bull Lake south of Troy, Montana.
Deputies identified the child as Ryker Webb and determined that he had already been missing for at least two hours by the time they learned of his disappearance. The 3-year-old was last seen playing with his family’s dog outside his home on Friday afternoon.
Authorities searched for the toddler for two days as their efforts were hampered by weather conditions.
“As of 4/6, two helicopters and drones from the Montana Air National Guard of Flathead County and Spokane Police were able to respond, in addition to more dog teams and continued ground and ATV searches” , the sheriff’s office said. “It was extremely difficult to get the additional air assets into the Bull Lake Valley due to the very poor weather conditions, which consisted of rain, low visibility and low ceilings.”
The child was found Sunday in Sanders County, Montana. Deputies said that as well as being hungry, thirsty and cold, Ryker was in good health.
The 3-year-old was taken to Cabinet Peaks Medical Center for evaluation.
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