Missing in rural Illinois

A 2-year-old boy is missing in rural Illinois after being last seen near a corn field around 10:30 am.

I look at the photos of this little boy and think of my own son who is about the same age. For a split second, the panic this little boy’s parents must be feeling overwhelms me. I get to shake it off. They don’t.

How I hope he’s found quickly so his parents can tuck him in tonight.

From the Quad City Times:

“A large-scale search is under way for a 2-year-old boy has been missing since about 10 a.m. in rural Mercer County.

Volunteers from several Mercer County fire departments, including Sherrard, Viola and Reynolds, are searching in cornfields for the boy who was last seen somewhere near 160th Avenue between Reynolds and Preemption, a small Mercer County community located about 20 miles south of the Quad-Cities on U.S. 67.

A Mercer County Sheriff’s Department official declined comment until the sheriff releases a news release.

A clerk with the U.S. Post Office in Preemption said she saw fire trucks and a rescue vehicle headed to the search, including a four-wheeler. She also said a helicopter and small crop-dusting plane was assisting in the search along with other volunteers

The clerk said her daughter-in-law heard about the search, drove to the scene and volunteered to help. Later, the clerk said her daughter-in-law texted her to say she was among many volunteers who showed up and are walking the cornfields for the boy.

According to a village official in nearby Sherrard, all available firefighters from Sherrard and other towns were alerted to help with a search at area cornfields.

A clerk at the Casey’s General Store in Reynolds said they have been inundated with people stopping at that store with questions, including how to get to the search area. As of about 2:30 p.m., she said a large number of volunteers are helping. She said she has seen emergency vehicles heading to the scene, including the Illinois State Police.”

***As of 3:15 p.m. officials are saying the boy has been found! Tips on what your kids should do if they get lost in a field to come!!***

 

Written by: Tracy Schlater, marketing director for Farm Safety 4 Just Kids.

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About Farm Safety For Just Kids

Farm Safety For Just Kids is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. We produce and distribute educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment. Farm Safety For Just Kids is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada. The organization also has part-time outreach coordinators in several states. Chapters, outreach coordinators, and volunteers conduct educational programs to raise awareness about safety and health issues affecting their communities.
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