Alabama toddler found safe after wandering away from home, deputies say

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Credit: Diego Fabian Parra Pabon /

Search crews in Alabama found a 3-year-old boy Tuesday morning after he was reported missing Monday night.

Update 9:10 a.m. EDT Aug. 27: Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin told WSFA that Zachary Rutherford was found safe Tuesday morning in the wood line.

He was found just after 6:30 a.m. local time, WRBL-TV reported.

Authorities launched a search for Zachary after family members reported he wandered away Monday night from a home in Wetumpka.

Original report: Search crews in Alabama are trying to find a missing toddler who reportedly disappeared Monday evening in Wetumpka.

According to WSFA, the Elmore County Sheriff's Office said the 3-year-old boy, who had been at a home near Tallassee Highway, apparently wandered into the woods about 7:30 p.m.

WRBL-TV reported that Hannah Ackerman, who referred to the boy as Zachary, shared his photo on Facebook late Monday.

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Posted by Hannah Nichole Ackerman on Monday, August 26, 2019

The Sheriff's Office said the toddler was last seen shirtless, wearing pants and Crocs shoes, WSFA reported.

Several agencies are participating in the search, WRBL reported. The Alabama division of the Cajun Navy, an unofficial group of volunteers who help with searches for missing people, also is coming the area.

Keep our team and this family in your prayers as we head out tonight to help find a missing child in the woods. Please pray for the safety of all involved.

Posted by Cajun Navy 2016 - Alabama Division on Monday, August 26, 2019

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