Missing 4-Year-Old Found Safe in Southeast Alabama Woods 48 hour later

In a heartwarming turn of events, a 4-year-old, who went missing on Friday afternoon, has been found safe in the woods by dedicated volunteers and authorities. The search efforts, which involved numerous volunteers and law enforcement agencies, finally came to a positive conclusion on Sunday afternoon.


Phenix was last seen around 12:30 p.m. on Friday when he disappeared from his family’s camper near Sid Bush Road in Clayton, Barbour County, southeast Alabama. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) issued a missing child alert on Friday, describing the child as wearing a blue tie-dye shirt and gray sweatpants, without shoes.

ALEA’s State Bureau of Investigation and Aviation units, in collaboration with the Barbour County Sheriff’s Office, spared no resources in their search efforts. The dedicated teams worked tirelessly, and their commitment was echoed by the involvement of approximately 100 volunteers from across the state, all focused on locating Phenix.

Barbour County Sheriff Tyrone Smith provided details about the circumstances leading to Phenix’s disappearance. The young boy was asleep in a camper when his mother briefly left to use the restroom at a nearby house. Upon her return, Phenix was nowhere to be found. Concerned, she and the individual who had been with the boy immediately contacted authorities.

The search, concentrated around Sid Bush Road, had a hopeful resolution when volunteers discovered Phenix safe in the woods. The community’s collaborative efforts played a crucial role in ensuring the child’s well-being.

Phenix is described as 3 feet 5 inches tall, with hazel eyes and red or auburn hair. The relief and joy of finding him safe were shared by both the search teams and the community at large.

The successful outcome of this search underscores the importance of community involvement and the dedication of law enforcement in ensuring the safety of our children.

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