GRIDLEY, Calif. - It only took around an hour for authorities to find a three-year-old child that had been reported missing near Hutchins Drive and East Gridley Road in Butte County on Wednesday afternoon.
A little before 2:00 p.m. Butte County dispatchers took a 9-1-1 call from the family of the missing child. They were told by the family that their son had wandered away from their location and had not been seen in 20 minutes.
According to the dispatcher, they had described him as being an adventurous child, and they believed it was possible he could have wandered down to the Feather River.
According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, family members searched in ATV's. They said all available law enforcement units responded quickly.
Deputy Sandquist followed footprints from the location the child was last seen at down to the river. The child was then spotted by his cousin, 19-year-old Lacie Chandler.
Deputy Sandquist made his way across to the bank where the child was standing and carried him safely to the shore. The deputy said even though he was wet up to his shoulders, the child was uninjured and was quickly reunited with his family.
Deputies warn that water in our rivers and streams is flowing quickly this time of year, and said temperatures can be frigid.