Marion County authorities have confirmed the safe return of a 3-year-old boy more than three hours after he disappeared Wednesday afternoon.
The Marion County Sheriff's Department said Harry Martin, 3, and two dogs wandered away from his home on Odells Knob Road, outside of Worthington, shortly before 5 p.m.
Chris McIntire, deputy director of Marion County Homeland Security & Emergency Management, said a volunteer on an ATV found the little boy just after 8:30 p.m. after hearing a dog bark.
McIntire said Martin and the dogs were sitting behind a shed on a ridge about a mile away from the home. He said when the boy was brought back to his family, a large crowd was waiting and cheered.
Martin was then taken to Fairmont General Hospital as a precaution, where he was "eating french fries and smiling," according to Sheriff Joe Carpenter.
The sheriff's department led the search for the boy, which included canine units, tracking devices, two state police helicopters with night vision, and at least 50 volunteers who showed up to help.
The sheriff's department wants to thank these community members, 911 dispatchers, and law enforcement officers for their help in the search.
Law enforcement that assisted in the search included the Worthington Fire Department, Shinnston Fire Department, the Department of Natural Resources, West Virginia State Police, Farmington Fire Department, and Maryland State Police, and Marion County EMS.
Authorities in Marion County are looking for a missing 3-year-old boy.
The Marion County Sheriff's Department said the boy was last seen around 5 p.m. Wednesday outside of Worthington, near his home on Odells Knob Road.
Marion County 911 said the boy has brown hair and was wearing a camouflage T-shirt and blue jeans He was in the company of a small brown dog and a large brown dog.
West Virginia State Police said helicopters have flown in from Charleston and Maryland to assist in the search.
If you have any information, please call 911.