Missing 6-year-old Minnesota boy found with family dog after 600 volunteers helped search

With the help of over 600 volunteers and one drone operator, officials in Sherburne County say the 6-year-old boy who went missing Tuesday afternoon near Becker, Minnesota was found early Wednesday. He was located about a mile and a half from his home with his dog, Remmie.

According to the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office, a 6-year-old boy named Ethan went missing 4:10 p.m. Tuesday. He got off the school bus with his siblings near Highway 25 and County Road 16, ran off to play with the family dog, and could not be found.

Authorities located Ethan around 1:50 a.m. about a mile and a half from the family's home. He was with his dog Remington (Remmie), an 8-year-old Brittany Spaniel. He was checked out by paramedics and taken to the hospital for evaluation. Ethan was cold, but in good heath otherwise. 

Ethan was found in a cornfield with the help of a drone using heat-seeking technology operated by Steve Fines of Fines Imaging. 

Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott credits the community's quick action for finding the lost 6-year-old and his dog.

"This truly was the epitome of a community caring for its own," Brott said in a press release. "To see the outpouring of support in such a short time period to come out and help find this boy and his dog is heartwarming." 

Remmie was with Ethan when he was last seen., and was there with him when he was found.

Ethan's father told FOX 9 they still aren't sure how he got lost, as he's never left their yard before. Ethan returned home from the hospital at 5 a.m. Wednesday and is doing fine. His temperature was down a bit when he was found, but he was otherwise in good condition.

"This is a fantastic ending! It was great to see Ethan smiling last night as searchers became cheerleaders," Becker Schools posted on Twitter early Wednesday. "The outpouring of volunteers and trained professionals that flocked to the scene was incredible."

The Sherburne County Sheriff's Office says mutliple agencies helped in the search including; the Becker Fire and Police Department, Big Lake Fire Department, Elk River Fire Department, the Clear Lake Fire Department, St. Cloud Police, Minnesota State Patrol, the FBI, The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Streans County, Gold Cross Ambulance.