Frank and Frankie Orwig embraced on Friday after the Brevard Sheriff’s Office said the 4-year-old had been missing for four hours. This article contains about Florida Sheriff Reunites 4-Year-Old Boy With His Father.
Mr. Orwig told News 6 that he was taking a nap at the family’s home on a private driveway at Burgess Avenue and Quarno Road when everything started at 9 o’clock.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said that the search on Friday was centered around Burgess Avenue, which is north of Camp Road and west of U.S. 1. This is in an area of Cocoa that is not part of the city.
“Oh my God, I was scared to death,” the father said. “He couldn’t be found anywhere.”
As time went on and the big search went on, the neighbors became more worried.
Patricia Wilson said, “It’s scary because there are so many woods, ponds, and railroad tracks.”
In the end, Orwig said that his son Frankie was found in the woods, but on his own land, and that he was fine. Even when he was lost, the boy wasn’t alone. Orwig said that Rufus, the family dog, stayed with him.
He said, “That dog loves that kid.” “I rushed over to him. I wouldn’t even let him go. I sobbed so much.”
Later, the sheriff’s office shared a video on social media of how deputies found the 4-year-old.
The sheriff thanked the people in the area and all the agencies that helped with the search.
“Today’s case was a test and a good example of how Brevard County Law Enforcement and its citizens work together to keep everyone safe,” Ivey said.
Ivey also said, “Our Helicopter Pilot and Tactical Flight Officer saw the child in a heavily wooded area and was able to tell our search and rescue teams on the ground where to find him.”
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Child Abduction Response Team flooded the streets, and its helicopter searched from above. Video from the Sheriff’s helicopter showed that Frankie had wandered about 50 or 60 yards from the house into a thickly wooded area. Rufus, his dog, was with him.
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