Nova Scotia

Searchers locate missing 4-year-old boy in Pictou County early Sunday

Previously, the Mounties said the young boy was last seen at 5 p.m. Saturday when he wandered off while playing outside.

Boy found about 2 kilometres from house

RCMP officers at the scene say a four-year-old boy has been found after being missing for more than 12 hours. (Bert Savard/CBC)

A four-year-old boy from Springville, N.S., was found safe Sunday morning after being reported missing Saturday evening, according to the RCMP.

The young boy was last seen around 5 p.m. Saturday when he wandered off while playing outside. 

Const. Wayne Cathcart, an incident commander with the RCMP, was at the search. He said it was "like Christmas morning but 10 times better" when search teams found the child.

"The community here was amazing, as far as wanting to be able to help out," he said. "It's not just about the individual family, it's the whole community that feels the impact."

Search and rescue teams with more than 100 volunteers from East Hants, Pictou, Colchester and the RCMP looked for the child Saturday night and into Sunday morning.

Cpl. Chris Marshall said helicopters were also used in the search.

A tweet from police said the boy was found in a field about two kilometres from his house around 9 a.m. and was treated by EHS for signs of exposure.

With files from Marie Adsett

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