GSP copter pilot finds missing child in Walton Co

A helicopter pilot with the Georgia State Patrol is getting the credit for finding a 4 year-old girl who went missing in woods in Walton County. State Patrol Corporal David Staniszewski found the boy after a low-altitude search near two ponds and a creek bed in Walton County. He was safe and reunited with her family.

Editor’s note: a previous version of this story described the child as a girl, which was incorrect, proving that it is always wrong to assume gender.

From the Ga Dept of Public Safety Facebook page…

Troop E alerted GSP Aviation late Wednesday night regarding a missing 4 year old that got separated from older siblings in a wooded area in Walton County. Pilot CPL David Staniszewski began a low altitude search of the last known area near two ponds and a creek bed. Staniszewski landed in a nearby field to remove the helicopter doors for better visibility and expanded the search past the creek. After approximately 5 minutes, he saw a glimpse of blonde hair in a wooded area a 1/4 mile from the original search location. Staniszewski contacted the ground units and gave them his location and notified them to get EMS to the scene. Ground units did a great job of getting to the location quickly, and the boy was picked up and carried back to the road where EMS and his family were waiting.

Tim Bryant

Tim Bryant

Tim Bryant hosts Classic City Today, 6-10 weekday mornings on 98.7FM & AM 1340 WGAU in Athens.



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