A toddler with autism disappeared. It took sheriff’s hounds only 30 minutes to find him

in Florida News & Events


Dogs went from being man’s best friend to toddler’s best friend in Florida on Sunday. After a 3-year-old with autism went missing in the woods, it only took the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office bloodhounds 30 minutes to save the day.

The office responded to a mid-morning call about missing child Aedric Hughes, who had unlocked a door and wandered into a wooded area near his home in Pace, Florida.

“That’s the most terrifying words a mother can get over the phone,” mother Audra Hughes told CBS affiliate WPEC-TV. “‘Your child is missing, get home now.'”

When the deputies’ two-hour search for the boy was unsuccessful, it was up to the hounds to find the toddler. It took less than 30 minutes for the mission to be accomplished.