ST. JOSEPH — A rural St. Joseph mother said she is thankful that her missing 2 1/2-year-old was found on Monday afternoon.
Jean Ann Pumphrey discovered her son, Jackson Sinnes, had wandered away from home at 1418 County Road 2150 E at 12:10 p.m. Monday.
Officers and firefighters from St. Joseph, Homer and Champaign — and a state police airplane from Springfield — were called to the area to help look for the boy.
Pumphrey said her home is surrounded by cornfields and wooded areas, with the Salt Fork River not far away.
"We weren't sure where he was," said Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh. "You just don't know where to start, so you start at the center and work your way out and you divide things up into grids. That's why you saw deputies at different spots, so we could see up and down the county roads and along the bridge."
The boy was found at about 2:30 p.m. Monday in the back yard of a neighbor's house, behind a fence, between a quarter-mile and a half-mile from home.
"I'm so thankful for the police officers and firefighters and everybody who came to help," Pumphrey said.