Barton County child reunited with family after missing for nearly 2 hours


LAMAR, Mo. — A scary ordeal for any parent has a happy ending thanks to several law enforcement agencies.

Friday around 7:51 am, authorities received a call about a missing 3 year old in Barton County. The child was reported missing near the area of 226 NW 50th Rd.

When Barton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the call, they were unable to find the child and requested assistance from several other nearby agencies in the search.

The Barton County Sheriff’s Office was told, from the parents, the child had a phone in her possession. As officers, other law enforcement agencies, and volunteers scanned the area to find the child, the Barton County 911 center attempted to ping the phone to find its exact location.

Authorities say the parents called the phone and the child answered, but she was upset, crying, and unable to say where she was.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol Helicopter also responded to assist in the search. At approximately 9:44 a.m., the pilot located the child in a field Northwest of her home. He stayed hovering above the child and asked for ground units to respond to his location. The 3-year-old was then reunited with her parents at 9:56 am.

Photo courtesy: Missouri State Highway Patrol

Today, a Patrol helicopter helped to successfully locate a missing child. The 3 year old girl, who had been missing since early this morning, was found approximately 5 miles north of Lamar in Barton County.

Thank you to all responding agencies who assisted in the search.

Missouri State Highway Patrol

Sheriff Mitchell Shaw says one officer walked quite a ways to help find the child and become ill during the search due to heat. He was taken to the hospital for medical treatment.

Sheriff Shaw expresses a huge “thank you” to everyone who helped find the missing girl.

Agencies involved – Lamar Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, Lamar Fire Department, Barton County Ambulance, Crawford County Kansas Sheriff’s Office, Missouri Conservation Agents and if I have forgot anybody, I apologize. There was a lot of great team work in looking for this child and we ended with a positive result of getting the child back to her parents.

Sheriff Mitchell Shaw, Barton County Sheriff’s Office Facebook

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