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York County boy found safe — with man’s best friend at his side

York County Sheriff’s Deputies say a toddler missing for nearly five hours late Wednesday just outside the Town of Clover was not alone as dozens of officers, a K-9 team, helicopter and complete strangers helped search for the boy.

Two-year-old Payton Myrick was with his grandfather Wednesday afternoon working on a tractor when, in an instant, he wandered into the woods. Family members immediately started searching for the boy and contacted authorities just after 5 p.m.

York County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Trent Faris says the boy had man’s best friend — an Australian Shepard named Ash — the family dog, at his side the entire time.

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Faris says the dog was what ultimately led authorities to find the child.

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Faris says the boy was recovered, dog in tow, about a third of a mile away from the family’s home. The search involved family members and complete strangers who joined to help.

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No charges will be filed against the grandfather in this incident.


Andrew Kiel •

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