Missing 4-year-old found safe in Sanders County

Zoe Buchli

Searchers found a missing child on Sunday morning in Sanders County after an extensive effort that stretched the weekend.

Ryker Webb, age 4, was missing for over 24 hours. He was reported missing to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Friday afternoon at 4:53 p.m., according to a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office.

A concerned neighbor called 911 and said Webb might have gone missing in the Bull Lake area, south of Troy. Law enforcement and David Thompson Search and Rescue responded. They determined Webb had already been missing for over two hours.

He was last seen Friday afternoon playing with a family dog in the yard outside of his home near mile marker 18 along Highway 56 on the eastside of Bull Lake, according to the post.

An initial clothing description given to law enforcement proved to be inaccurate — it was unknown what Webb was wearing, the post stated.

Search managers deployed ground crews and ATV riders, along with several drones, dog teams and a boat unit on the lake. On Saturday, two Montana National Guard helicopters joined search efforts and drones from Flathead County and the Spokane Police Department responded along with more dog teams.

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