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Missing 3-year-old Va. boy found safe

Posted December 6, 2008
Updated December 7, 2008

— Searchers found a 3-year-old boy who went missing from a Virginia home near the state border Friday afternoon.

Jaylynn Thorpe was found about a half-mile from his babysitter's home along Buckshoal Road in Virginia, near South Boston, early Saturday afternoon, said Capt. Steve Cassada, with the Halifax County Sheriff's Office.

Emergency medical technicians examined Jaylynn and said he appeared to be OK.

Two small dogs, who had also disappeared from the home, were found with Jaylynn and also appeared to be OK, Cassada said.

Jaylynn had gone missing in Virginia's Halifax County, a heavily wooded, rural area north of North Carolina's Person and Granville counties.

Jaylynn was reported missing at 4:30 p.m. Friday and likely spent the night outside in the cold. Cassada said the boy was wearing a jacket and the dogs also probably helped keep him warm.

Several hundred people searched for Jaylynn at one point, including volunteers, local authorities and tracking teams with dogs and helicopters from both Virginia and North Carolina. Virginia State Police dive teams searched shallow ponds.

Searchers focused on a 3-mile radius around the house from which where Jaylynn disappeared. A command center was set up at Grace Baptist Church, at Highway 58 and Buckshoal Road.

“God really protected the boy. We are happy that we were able to help,” Grace Baptist Church Pastor Dave Kline said.


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  • CarolinaGirl25 Dec 8, 2008

    I'm glad they found him safe and sound. I was really praying for this handsome little guy.

  • hazeyc Dec 8, 2008

    He's a very lucky boy.

    It makes me recall the story of another young boy who wandered off with 2 dogs. The dogs were found, but the boy never was. This was many years ago.

  • LRB Dec 8, 2008

    No locks on the doors? Really?

    Even if there were, who's to say the child couldn't unlock it. He's 3, kids are very observant. Glad he's okay. I didn't know this was a local story, I heard it on Fox News this morning.

  • housemanagercary Dec 8, 2008

    No locks on the doors? Really?

  • pebbles262004 Dec 8, 2008

    I am so glad that they found him safe and unharmed.

  • dogsrule12cheek Dec 8, 2008

    What a Blessing he was found with the dogs that saved his life
    more than likley by keeping him warm.

    Our best friends Dogs they are wonderful......

  • Mrs Fabulous 1 Dec 8, 2008

    What happened:

    Thank you for the information. I was hoping that it was not a neglect situation.

  • What Happened Dec 8, 2008

    "Will anyone be charged with neglect in this case?"

    I certainly hope not. I know the family, and the babysitter had gone into another room to check on her baby when this child wandered out of the house. There were literally hundreds of volunteers there (many of them were guys who hunt in the area and know it well) wanting to get into the woods to look for him, but authorities would not let them in. IMO, if they had been allowed to search, he could have been found much sooner.

  • North Wake Dad Dec 8, 2008

    Thank God they found him. I can't believe he made it through a 17 degree night. Leave it to a beagle, though, to help keep him warm. World's most devoted dogs!

  • Mrs Fabulous 1 Dec 8, 2008

    Will anyone be charged with neglect in this case? How did he get a way from the home? I need to know some more about this story.