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4-year-old Stoutland boy found after going missing

4-year-old Stoutland boy found after going missing

Authorities searched for child after disappearing from his residence Sunday afternoon

March 21st, 2011 by The Associated Press and Lake Today staff in News


STOUTLAND, Mo. - Authorities say a 4-year-old boy who wandered into a wooded area behind his family's rural Camden County home while playing hide-and-seek with several other children has been found unharmed.

The Camden County Sheriff's Department says Bryce McCraken was found about one mile from his home in Stoutland by his uncle Jonathan Stradt, who was helping with the search. Authorities say the uncle called the boy's name and the boy answered.

More than 100 people, including dog rescue teams, helped comb the woods and fields around town after the boy went missing Sunday afternoon.

Three American Red Cross Capital Area Chapter volunteers provided a canteen Sunday for the people who searched for Bryce in Camden County.

Initial Coverage posted on Sunday:

Authorities are searching for a lost 4-year-old child in the southwest region of Stoutland, Mo.

The child Bryce McCraken is described as 4 foot in height, 35 pounds, blonde hair and hazel eyes.

According to the Camden County Sheriff's Department, Bryce was last seen wearing camo bib-overalls, grey T-shirt and white Nike shoes.

Bryce was playing in the back yard with his brother, and wondered off into the wooded area behind the family home, deputies reported.

Bryce has been missing since approximately 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

If you have seen this child or have any information regarding this disappearance, contact the Camden County Sheriff's Department at 573-346-2243.