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A three-year-old boy who wandered off from his family's home has been found 'alive and well', three days after disappearing.
Little Jude Leyton was discovered on Wednesday afternoon (31 March), roughly a kilometre away from the place he was last seen in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) had been searching for the youngster since lunchtime on Sunday (28 March) and finally the emergency response team found him at 3.20pm, sleeping near a patch of land known as 'beaver pond'.
Constable Curtis Dick with Frontenac County OPP said in a statement: "Four of our ERT members, part of the search and rescue (team), they were on another tasking to check another area. While they're on that tasking, they found Jude. It was a great finale to some very, very difficult days.
"There's a body of water that's attached to the property. So it was across that body of water. So a significant distance for sure."
According to Global National, Constable Scott McNames was the one who got the initial call to help which came in on his birthday. He then went on to search for three days.
Speaking to the news channel, Constable McNames said finding the toddler was 'the best day I've had in the OPP in 25 years.'
#GOODNEWS!!! A missing 3 yr old boy in S Frontenac has been found ALIVE AND WELL. Found by #OPP Emergency Response Team member moments ago. In good condition but will be checked out by paramedics. #YGK ^bd @OPP_COMM_ER pic.twitter.com/8k5uZwW4MF
- OPP East Region (@OPP_ER) March 31, 2021
In a tweet, OPP East Region wrote: "A missing 3 yr old boy in S Frontenac has been found ALIVE AND WELL. Found by #OPP Emergency Response Team member moments ago. In good condition but will be checked out by paramedics."
The force added: "#ThankYou to everyone who assisted in this huge effort... firefighters, paramedics, volunteers and members of the community. We don't want to forget anyone who played a part in this happy ending."
OPP went on to reveal that Jude is in good condition but is being checked over by hospital staff. Constable Dick added: "He took some water, responded well to that, and they were able to bring him out to paramedics.
"What we can say for sure is that he was dressed for the weather. He had a winter jacket with a heavy wool sweater. His boots were still on. So given all those bonuses, he thrived actually, he did very well."