Boys Found With Dog By Side After Getting Lost In Woods
BAXTER, Tenn. – Multiple agencies helped find two boys who got lost in the woods near their home in the Baxter community Wednesday night.
The Putnam County Sheriff's Department said the boys, ages 12 and 15, were reported missing around 7 p.m. when their parents became concerned after they did not return home when the sun went down.
Deputies began searching for them near their home on Elmore Town Road, using a K9 named Trucker who tracked their scent.
The Putnam County Fire Department responded with thermal imaging cameras to assist in the search, as did the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation with their Air Unit to use their aerial thermal imaging.
The Air Unit found a heat signature in the woods next to the river in a heavily wooded area. They reported that it appeared to be two people huddled up trying to stay warm.
With the help of the property owner, they used thermal imaging to make their way to the two children. It took them approximately an hour to get to the boys because of rough terrain, and having to cross the river multiple times.
Both boys were found safe with their dog by their side. They had to evacuate the boys quickly by air as the boys were very cold since they had been outside for more than five hours with minimal clothing.
They were greeted by their family members, and then checked out by Putnam County Emergency Medical Service Paramedics before they were released to their family.
Agencies that helped in the search were the Putnam County Rescue Squad, Putnam County Emergency Management Agency, Putnam County Fire Department, Putnam County Sheriff's Department, Putnam County Emergency Medical Services, and the THP Air Unit with Pilot Lee Russell and LT Pilot Brad Lund.