Port Wentworth GA – A 2-year-old who was missing for nearly 18 hours was found safe in a wooded area Wednesday afternoon.
According to Major Lee Sherrod of Port Wentworth Police, officers received the call at 7:00 a.m. on June 27 that 2-year-old Kamiyah Vicks was missing.
He added that she was last seen with her mother at 5:00 p.m. the day prior, walking near the woods by Benton Boulevard and the Highlands.
The mother was at one point believed to be missing. During the course of those 18 hours, the mother and child became separated, though the details surrounding how and when are still unclear.
At approximately 12:27 p.m. on Wednesday, the toddler was found with only minor injuries in a wooded area nearby in the same clothes.
The end of the search was caught on police body camera . Officers can be seen running towards the sound of a child crying.
“You know you work these type of cases and, of course, you’re going to have fear,” Chief Libby said. “And we all had the fear and we knew it had been 18 hours and she was small and by herself and that area has a lot of wildlife that could hurt you, snakes, gators, other stuff.”
Chief Libby said Kamiyah was dehydrated and had scrapes and bruises consistent with being in the woods for many hours.
She was transported to the hospital for further evaluation.
Port Wentworth Police, Georgia DNR, Georgia State Patrol, Marine Rescue, Chatham Police, Savannah Police and trained rescue recovery volunteers from Chatham Emergency Management worked diligently to locate the child.
Major Sherrod said investigators are planning to speak with the mother.