On February 14th at approximately 6:30 PM, the Halifax County E-911 Center received a call of a 4 year old child missing from a residence on Stoney Ridge Road in the Nathalie community. Family members stated that the child had been missing for over an hour and may have wandered off with their dog.
Halifax County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and K9 unit responded to the scene with the assistance of personnel from Virginia State Police and K9 units, Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office and K9 units, search and rescue teams, and local fire departments and emergency services and rescue personnel. At approximately four hours after the search began, Virginia State Trooper Leo Pambid, who was part of a K9 search and rescue team that was created at the initial scene of
the search, located the four year old child in a heavily wooded area approximately three – quarters of a mile from the family’s residence. After locating the child, rescue personnel were
called to the scene to evaluate the child for precautionary measures.
“Thank God this was an incident that ended in good news”, stated Sheriff Fred S. Clark. “I am so glad that the child was found safely. Time is a crucial factor in a search and we are so grateful the child was found safe before temperatures dropped more,” Clark stated. “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to E-911 dispatchers, Virginia State Police and K9 units, Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office and K9 units, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, South Boston Police Department, Halifax County Emergency Services, Liberty Fire Department, North Halifax Fire Department, Halifax Fire Department, Midway Fire Department, Triangle Fire Department, Bedford Fire Department and for their use of their drone in the search, Black Diamond Search and Rescue Council, Angel Search and Rescue Team, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Halifax County Department of Social Services, local emergency services personnel, and all other volunteers that responded to this scene for a job well done.”