What would be the scariest that has ever happened to you? Well, for this family from Ponce De Leon, Florida it certainly must be the day their three-year-old baby Marshal went missing.
What made them scared to death apart from missing their baby is that Marshal is suffering from autistic and he can’t speak. So, they were losing the hopes they had with uniting with their baby. Yet, for their slight console, the two family dogs, Nala and Buckwheat also disappeared with Marshal.
Marshal’s aunt Kayla Stewart said, “We were panicked, all sorts of worst-case scenarios [were] running through their heads.”
Wednesday morning, a three-year-old boy went missing in Ponce De Leon, Florida
Little Marshal is autistic and can’t speak, which could’ve made the search even more difficult
But he was found later that same day, thanks to his loyal dogs
The neighbors and the police came into the support immediately. They split and looked for Marshal in the whole area. “Our expectations going into a search of that magnitude are always to get as many agency members on the ground as possible to aid in the search. Minutes are precious when it comes to the search of a child.” the Public Information Officer, Corey Dobridnia, at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, recalled the mission.
Neighbor Carol Shelton has witnessed Marshal about a mile away from his home, at evening. He told that the baby was accompanied by the two dogs and it was a miracle. “[His] dogs were right there with him. We’re] thankful that the pups kind of guided him along, I guess they kept him safe.”
Dobridnia, was grateful for the neighbors and the police staff. “Marshal was in good spirits when found. A little dirty from the walk through the woods, but unharmed and happy. Dogs are loyal creatures. I feel like they probably knew to stay with him when they saw he was alone. Their instincts kicked in. They stayed with the boy and watched over him until he was located.”
The family was over the moon when they found their baby boy. And above all, they are really proud of their loyal dogs. “They’re doing their job”, Marshal’s mom said.