A Missouri toddler who vanished in a cornfield Thursday was found safe the following morning with her Yorkshire terrier who stayed by her side and barked to alert search crews.
Remy Elliott, 3, and her family’s dog named Fat Heath reportedly vanished from their rural Qulin home at around 8 p.m. Thursday. According to KFVS, it took volunteers and police 12 hours to locate the pair in a cornfield located a mile from home.
Authorities told ABC News that 150 people were searching for Elliott when Fat Heath responded to their search dog’s bark with a “weaker bark.”
This is what #Community looks like. Law enforcement, 1st Responders and community volunteers coming together to find a missing child. Her dog stayed by her side all night. #StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/aIDMtG6JTW
— MSHP Troop E (@MSHPTrooperE) June 15, 2018
“We came to find out it was [Remy] and her Yorkshire terrier Fat Heath…down beneath the corn stalks,” Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant Clark Parrott said, adding that a helicopter and infrared radar was used during their search.
“That dog stayed with her all night long.”
Elliott was treated for mosquito bites and is expected to be alright. The toddler’s mother, Timber Merritt, said she plans to put a fence around the yard to prevent something like this from happening again.
“They said that she was asleep when he [Elliott’s uncle] picked her up,” Merritt told KFVS. “She was definitely exhausted, hot, really sweaty and it took a while to drink anything. She said she wasn’t scared because Fat Heath was there. If he wasn’t I think she would’ve been terrified.”
[Featured image: Remy Merritt and Fat Heath/Missouri State Highway Patrol]