If you’ve ever seen how tall and dense cornfields can get, you can imagine how difficult it’d be to find a toddler who had gone walkabout inside. Fortunately for a parent in Wisconsin, a 20-hour search for her 3-year-old child in the cornfields ended after a man found a pair of “arms and legs.”
Dyton Logalbo, 3, of Deerbrook, was playing in the backyard in October 2016 while his mom was gardening when he wandered into a cornfield located behind his home. By the time his mom looked up, he had already disappeared into the stalks.
Dyton’s mom tried searching for him but to no avail, and had to call the sheriff’s office for help.
The news of Dyton going missing quickly spread on social media, and more than 600 volunteers from the community came to help search for him over the next two days, Sheriff Bill Greening told InsideEdition.
“I was relatively confident he was in the cornfield,” Greening said. “I felt confident once we had enough personnel that we’d ultimately be able to find him.”
Greening said it was like “finding a needle in the haystack,” as volunteers searched overnight for Dyton.
“It was very dense and very difficult to search in those areas,” Greening said. “We had to almost step on the child to find him, it was so thick.”
Twenty hours after Dyton’s disappearance, a volunteer searcher, Tom Andraschko, found him sitting cross-legged between the stalks.
“We were walking the cornfield for about two and a half hours and so after that, everything starts to look like corn cobs and corn stalks,” Andraschko told WSAW. “Once we got a little closer you could tell it was arms and legs. So, I was about 20 feet away and that’s when I took off running. I knew for sure it was him then.”
Dyton was taken to the hospital for treatment after being given granola bars, juice, and water. He was released hours later.
After the search, Greening commended the volunteers and those who had helped out with the search.
“He was cold, and wet and scared,” Greening said. “But overall, he was in good health.”
“[Their support] was incredible,” Greening told the Antigo Times. “It was amazing. I’ve seen a lot of situations like this before and it is truly amazing the amount of caring and compassion that our community provides without even the need for announcements for volunteers. The support they provided was instrumental in [Dyton’s] discovery.”
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