THOMASVILLE — A boy visiting his grandparents during the Easter weekend experienced a lot of excitement, but it had nothing to do with the holiday.

The four-year-old disappeared shortly after arriving at his grandparents’ Highway 33 residence early Saturday afternoon.

He was found about five hours later a mile away.

The boy was walking and crying when Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division agents found him.

The child got out of his parents’ vehicle and walked into nearby woods, said Pascal Autrey, acting supervisor of the Thomas County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigations Division.

“When they came out, they couldn’t find him,” Autrey said.

Narcotics agents were following a fire break when they found the boy about 6 p.m.

“He was scratched up a little bit,” Autrey explained.

Lawmen here and in neighboring Leon County, Fla., responded as soon as it was learned the child was missing.

A Georgia State Patrol chopper flew over the community constantly. Another aviation unit came from Leon County.

Also joining in the search were the Thomasville-Thomas Special Weapons and Tactics Team, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Department of Corrections and Thomasville Police Department canine units and police officers from Boston and Pavo.

“When a child is missing, this takes top priority,” Autrey said.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 220.


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