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Missing toddler near Walnut located after multi-agency search

3-year-old boy found safe in area behind house

It was a tense couple hours for a rural Walnut family Saturday morning after a 3-year-old boy wandered off the property until he was safely found by a multi-agency team of rescuers.

Scanner calls came in at just after 8:30 a.m. and reported that 3-year-old Pierce Mojden, visiting relatives in the area, was playing outside with two family dogs when he walked off the property, which is surrounded by fields.

Within minutes, multiple agencies were on the scene, including Bureau County Sheriff, Bureau County EMS, Walnut Fire, Manlius Fire, Ohio Fire, Yorktown Fire, Princeton Fire, Search and Rescue (SAR) of Yorkville and Bureau County Unified Command Post.

At least four drones were engaged to search nearby fields. The units were from Bureau County Emergency Management Agency, Adam Rabe, Michael Michlig, Brent Jamison and Christian Aid Ministries.

Neighbors canvassed the area both on-foot and with off-road vehicles. Helicopters provided by Mike Maynard of TCI Manufacturing and Mark Marquis of Marquis Energy also aided in the search for the boy.

Mojden was located in an area behind the home at about 10:30 a.m. about 1 mile south of the residence and, after a brief helicopter ride, was transported by Walnut Ambulance to be observed for dehydration.

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