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Sheriff's Officials Thank Volunteers Who Searched for Missing Toddler

Posted July 2, 2007

— It was the ending everyone had hoped for.

A 23-month-old boy missing for more than 24 hours was found safe and sound Saturday evening after wandering away from his house with his dog the night before.

More than 250 volunteers scoured the woods near Connor Cummings’ home hoping to find the young boy. In the end, searchers heard the bark of Connor’s dog, Sandy, which led them to the missing boy.

On Sunday, Granville County Sheriff’s Department officials thanked the community for their outpouring of support and resources.

“You can’t do it on a large-scale basis like this without the community,” said Chief Deputy Brindell Wilkins. “Word spread from neighbor to neighbor and everyone dropped what they were doing and came in and worked.”

Locals offered up their ATVs and expertise.

“You just thank the Lord for people like that,” Wilkins said.

Sheriff’s officials said the cost of the search was minimal. Residents brought food to the search crews, and other agencies provided the helicopters and planes.


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  • Run_Forrest_Run Jul 2, 2007

    Thank you so much! Finally - some good news!!!

    I know the parents are so relieved and the child is glad to be back home.

  • supportourtroops Jul 2, 2007

    i don't like how the media reports things at times, but as far as the foul play not being ruled out. that is what they were told. there is always 2 sides to every story so the law enforcement can not rule anything out especially involving a missing child.

  • WifeMomNurse Jul 2, 2007

    I, too, am glad there was a happy ending, but what was that initial comment by the media: "Foul play has not been ruled out"? That one irresponsible remark shed doubt in the minds of the reader that there was either a kidnapping or a 'bad parent situation' that was being ruled out. This comment must have hurt the family members, who just wanted their little boy back.
    Note to Media: Please, let's not Nifong a situation by instilling unnecessary fears/accusations into an already emotional event.

  • Adelinthe Jul 2, 2007

    Thanking God this child was found safe. He should NEVER, however, have been left in the yard alone.

    Remember, there is only one second between life and death, and that second that we take our eyes off of our wee ones could mean the end of their life.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • mythoughts22 Jul 2, 2007

    this is wonderful we always hear so much about the people who are not found or something worse it is just wonderful to hear that everything is okay. thanks to all the people involved this would not be possible with out you.

  • jgriffith3792 Jul 2, 2007

    This is the way communities and neighbors are suppose to be.

  • sheilacole Jul 2, 2007

    Thanks to all the volunteers of all the departments n Granville County, we have some GREAT community servants in our county anytime there is a need, that is what volunteers are all about.
    Thank God for keeping the little guy safe during the time he was lost, becuase it is HE that is in total control!!!!!God Bless all the people that helped out.
    Sheila Cole

  • Historians 12th Jul 2, 2007

    What a great community to come together so quickly. Every minute counts in a crisis like this, & they reacted immeadiately! "GREAT JOB"

    And what a "GREAT DOG," he should be honored in some way. To stay with that little one & protect him from harm, "A REAL HERO!"

  • strolling bones Jul 2, 2007

    I think one might be surprised what your community will do in a crisis. A lost child brings out the best in most people who are very willing to search and help. In this area, a lost child brings out the ATV's, the horse people, boaters, etc. anyone who can lead a hand does. The mountains are too dense and dangerous to wait on others to come in.

  • imnotsayinimjustsayin Jul 2, 2007

    Kudos to the Granville County Emergency Management office, Granville County Sheriff's office & the hundreds of volunteers for a job well done. It was the Good Lord's hand and their dedication that found Connor and kept him safe from harm. and let me not forget the family dog. He truly is man's best friend. As a parent of a 2 year old vivacious little girl, my heart sank when I first heard of Connor's disappearance. However, I was brought to tearsof joy when I saw his precious little face waving good bye to ALL of his heroes. What an awesome, awesome ending to this story.