A four-year-old girl from Alabama who disappeared on Wednesday has been found less than a mile from where she wandered off.
Vadie Sides disappeared for almost a full 48 hours before she was finally located on Friday afternoon.
Authorities said the girl wandered away from a babysitter who is in her 70s, while in a backyard.
Vadie, from the small community of Loachapoka just west of Auburn was found in woods by responders who had bee searching for her.
Vadie Sides, 4, had been missing for 48 hours and was found on Friday afternoon having gone missing on Wednesday. The youngster was found in woods not far from her home near Auburn along with her dog
Vadie is pictured here holding her dog who stayed by her side while he was still a puppy
Hundreds of law enforcement officers from multiple agencies helped search for the youngster along with drones and horses.
Her dog was still loyally by her side but ran off as rescuers approached.
‘One of the volunteers that was probably 50 yards to my right … heard a dog bark,’ one rescuer told WRBL. ‘The dog was actually kind of spooked and came at the man a little bit and then saw the line of about 30 of us, and the dog turned around and went down the hill.’
Volunteers ran after the dog which was not captured.
‘Praise God Vadie was there, she popped her head up, we saw her little red hair,’ one rescuer said. ‘I’ll tell you what, she was scratched up on the knees and the forearms but otherwise in great spirits, she was just talking like ‘no big deal’ … it’s truly a miracle.’
Rescuers searched for just under 48 hours as they desperately tried to find the four-year-old
Rescuers carry four-year-old Vadie Sides out of the woods in Lee County, Alabama on Friday. Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said the girl was found with a dog at her side after two days in the woods. Authorities said the girl wandered away from a sitter while in a backyard.
‘I’m so happy and grateful to God for watching over my beautiful granddaughter and bringing her safely back to us,” said Vadie’s grandmother, Harriet Sides to Al.com.
Lee County sheriff’s officials were delighted that she was found safe.
‘No words are capable of describing everyone’s relief,’ Sheriff Jay Jones told WSFA.
‘We are just, ecstatic might be a good word. She is in good shape, she is responsive, she is talking, she’s alert. She is in good physical condition, and the best part is she is with her mama.
When they found Vadie, a volunteer said: ‘Praise God Vadie was there, she popped her head up, we saw her little red hair. I’ll tell you what, she was scratched up on the knees and the forearms but otherwise in great spirits, she was just talking like ‘no big deal’ … it’s truly a miracle
‘Our thanks just don’t seem like enough, but they have our sincere and heartfelt thanks for the sacrifices they made,’ Jones said. ‘All the volunteers that came with one goal in mind and that was finding this little girl.’
‘Several volunteers said this is such good news at a time when we need it’ Jones said, ‘and I couldn’t agree more. This was really good, solid, positive news in a time when I think people need it the most, with all the medical concerns going on.
Although the dog ran away when rescuers approached, it later came home on its own.
A missing persons poster was distributed when Vadie went missing