Missing Cross Anchor boy found alive - FOX Carolina 21

Missing Cross Anchor boy found alive

Posted: Updated:
Search crews look on while Jason is loaded into an ambulance after being found alive. (Dec. 17, 2011/FOX Carolina) Search crews look on while Jason is loaded into an ambulance after being found alive. (Dec. 17, 2011/FOX Carolina)
The boy's mother provided this picture showing the shirt he was wearing when he disappeared. (Dec. 16, 2011/FOX Carolina) The boy's mother provided this picture showing the shirt he was wearing when he disappeared. (Dec. 16, 2011/FOX Carolina)
CROSS ANCHOR, SC (FOX Carolina) -

After missing for more than a day, a 21-month-old Spartanburg County boy who went missing Friday afternoon was found alive Saturday.

Deputies said that about 1:30 p.m. Friday they received a call about a child missing from 250 E. Blackstock Road in Cross Anchor.

About 2:30 p.m. Saturday, deputies said that Jason Burton was found alive, approximately 2 miles from his home upstream along the Tyger River.

Spartanburg County Deputy Jamie Tate and SC Department of Natural Resources Officer David Fox were searching for Jason along the riverbanks using Fox's personal kayaks when they found him asleep on a log underneath an embankment.

Deputies said a Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office helicopter landed on a sandbar nearby to pickup Jason and return him to the command post where his family and paramedics waited.

After Jason was reunited with his parents and other relatives, he was taken by paramedics to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center where he is said to be in good shape, according to deputies. He was released from the hospital on Sunday.

Deputies said Jason had been missing since Friday afternoon and spent the night alone in the wooded area that surrounds his home, surviving rain and temperatures that dropped into the low 40's.

The boy's mother, Brittany Burton, said that she thinks her son opened a back door and wandered off. However, as the search progressed the family seemed worried that someone may have taken the boy.

"Just please bring him back," Brittany Burton said. "Take him to the fire department, the hospital, anything. Just bring my little boy back."

"There are some ponds back here and everything," said Armenda Vinson, Jason's grandmother. "There are bad people picking people up, and I'm just scared."

Deputies said that crews searched a heavily wooded area near Jason's home all night, but were not able to find the boy. They said more trained personnel were brought in early Saturday morning to help with the search.

Sheriff  Chuck Wright stated that the Lord must have held Jason in the palm of His hand protecting him until he was rescued and thanked everyone who helped in any way in the search and rescue of Jason.

Deputies said around 200 people participated in the rescue operation. Sheriff Wright also thanked the area restaurants and merchants who donated food and other items that helped feed those involved in the search and provided necessary equipment that helped make this operation successful.

Wright also thanked each and everyone who prayed for the safety of Jason, for his family and for those working around the clock to find Jason and bring him home.

Search teams were made up of deputies from the Spartanburg County and Union County Sheriff's Offices, Officers with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Search and Rescue Dog Association, Spartanburg County Community Emergency Response  Team, South Carolina State Guard, along with Fire Fighters from several local Fire Departments.

Copyright 2011 FOX Carolina. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly
Fox Carolina
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, WHNS; Greenville, SC. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.