2-Year-Old Boy Goes Missing And Police Follow Paw Prints Through The Woods To Find The Missing Child

Two-year-old William Odom was reported missing on a Tuesday morning. His mother Chelsea Nobel told police the last thing William was wearing was a diaper before he went missing. As the search went on for William, rescue teams found his footprints leading out into the woods and right beside them were a pair of paw prints. 

Unsure of what direction William went, authorities in Harrison County deployed K-9 units and helicopters to search the rural area. ATVs from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks were also brought in to aid the rescue mission. Later on, volunteers and people from the neighborhood joined police in the search, combing through the woods for hours.

Despite the tireless dedication of police and volunteers, William was nowhere to be found. Nevertheless, police did find some tracks that they thought belonged to young William. Oddly enough, every time they found these tracks, they were accompanied by the paw prints of a dog.

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Thankfully, William was eventually found by another child who heard the sound of a truck's horn beeping. The child saw William and told his uncle about the little two-year-old sitting in the truck. Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson told WTXL News, "His uncle came over and forced the window down. And took the kid out and brought him to us." The police believe William was sleeping in the truck. 

At a later press conference, police called the dog, whose name is Jezebel, a hero for sticking by William’s side. “Every time we found his footprint, we found the dog footprint right beside him. So the dog traveled with him all day,” Peterson told WTXL News. “When the little boy was found the dog was still circling the truck and scratching on the truck.”

 Police said that if it were not for Jezebel, William might not have been found as he is non-verbal and might have autism. Chelsea said her son William and the dog are very close.

According to the Miami Herald, Chelsea said, “He loves feeding her. He loves helping bathe her. That’s his dog. After this, I believe there’s no changing that part. She saved my baby. Her and that little boy saved his life.”

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