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Missing Three-Year-Old in Town of Watson Located in Good Health Following Three-and-a-Half-Hour Search


Published: May 11, 2022 at 04:00 p.m. Updated: 06:00 p.m.

By: Nick Altmire


Town of Watson, NY- A three-and-a-half-hour search for a three-year-old that wandered off from a location on the Number Four Road this morning resulted in locating the child in good health, just after 1:45 this afternoon.


The initial call came into Lewis County 911 dispatch at 10:15 this morning, reporting that a three-year-old was missing after wandering away from a location just up from the Minnie Peck Road on the Number Four Road. The family’s two dogs were gone as well, although one later returned a short time into the search.


Lewis County Sheriff’s deputies responded and were assisted by the New York State Police, New York State DEC Forest Rangers, Lewis County Office of Emergency Management, Lewis County Search & Rescue, and other agencies in conducting a search of the remote area. Fort Drum provided a helicopter to assist in the search as well, according to Lewis County Sheriff Mike Carpinelli.


The child was reported located by a Sheriff’s deputy and Forest Ranger team at 1:49 p.m., along with the other dog. Both were in good health. An ambulance standing by at the scene evaluated the child.


The child was located about a mile away from where he wandered away from.


“He really wandered a pretty good distance, through a wooded area,” Sheriff Carpinelli said.


This is a developing story, and we’ll update if further information is provided.



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