When two-year-old William Odom went missing from his home, the entire neighborhood got together to search for the boy. Worried he was alone and in danger, the group spent nine hours looking for the missing child.
When his mother woke up, she found the door of her home, which was located in rural Mississippi, wide open and the toddler gone.
But as it turns out he wasn't alone.
“Every time we found his footprint, we found the [family] dog footprint right beside him. So the dog traveled with him all day,” Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson said. “When the little boy was found the dog was still circling the truck and scratching on the truck.”
The two-year-old walked several miles through the woods before crawling into a car and locking the door.
“He probably walked three or four miles through the woods, and his dog stayed right by his side until he got in the car,” Peterson said.
The dog still didn't leave his side, however.
Dressed only in a diaper, the boy was found on a piece of property where the car door was unlocked and the windows cracked.