Monday, June 9, 2014

Missing 5 Year Old Sumner Boy Located


A huge team effort by multiple agencies and community volunteers locates a missing 5 year old Sumner child unharmed.

The Levy County Sheriff's Office responded today at approximately 1116 hours to the Sumner area of Levy County. A frantic mother could not locate her five year old little boy.  The mother and family had been searching for almost an hour before calling for Law Enforcement assistance. He was last seen in the front yard of the home by the grandmother. He was playing with the family dog.

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Levy County Department of Public Safety, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Highway Patrol, Marion County Sheriff’s Office Air Unit and the Florida Department of Corrections K-9 teams searched the area of Shiloh Cemetery for the missing 5 year old boy for over 3 hours before he was located. The young boy was last seen wearing blue jeans, no shirt and no shoes. He was ultimately located in a large marshy pond by community volunteers approximately 3 miles away from his home.

Resident John Hanley located a small barefoot print in a muddy area near a road at the edge of the swampy pond. Law enforcement resources were being moved into the area when a second resident volunteer, Evan Phillips, located the young child. Phillips heard his yells for help and entered the swamp to rescue him. The child was found in the middle of a thick stand of cattails in the center of the shallow pond unharmed. He was treated for small scratches and reunited with his mother.

LCSO greatly appreciates the assistance received from the citizens and other agencies on this case.


Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
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