A lost boy in Missouri was found in the woods near his house more than four hours after he went missing. His two dogs kept the lost boy warm until he was found.
More than four hours after his panicked parents reported their 6-year-old missing from his southwest Missouri home, rescuers found the child huddled in a ditch with his two dogs lying on top of him to keep him warm as temperatures dipped into the low 20s.
Ryle Smith, 6, was playing outside of his Seneca home Friday afternoon when he followed his dogs, Baxter and Bella, into the woods and soon became disoriented and lost as darkness fell.
After searching for his son, Ryan Smith called authorities for help around 6 p.m., the Joplin Globe reported.
"I was nervous because it was getting dark and some of the area in the woods can be really dangerous," he said. "He was outside with the dogs, and we didn't see or hear from either of them."
Emergency responders from the Joplin, Seneca and Redings Mill fire departments, in addition to the Newton County Sheriff's Office and Newton County Rescue and Recovery team, joined in the search.