Missing child rescued

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office
Leesville Daily Leader

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office released the following statements regarding the search and rescue of a two-year-old boy on Friday:

At approximately 5:57 p.m Vernon Parish E911 received a report of a missing 2-year-old child on Camp Baker Road. VPSO Deputies, VPSO Chase Team & K9 Duke, Detectives with the VPSO Criminal Division, Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and Troopers from the Louisiana State Police, Anacoco Police Department, and Med Express Ambulance Service responded to the location.

It was learned that 2-year-old Zachary Christopher Allen Outman has walked away from his residence and could not be located. The area is densely wooded and heavy rain had just occurred.

Upon arrival, law enforcement met with several of the child’s neighbors and began to canvas the area. A short time later, Mrs. Bobbie Tyson, arrived back at the location and indicated she had located a child’s footprints in a muddy hunting lease road approximately a half of a mile from the child’s home.

Mr. & Mrs. Todd Scott, also neighbors of the child, provided ATV’S to investigators to travel to the hunting lease road. Mr. Tommy Kay transported Sheriff Craft to the location.

At the location a small set of bare footprints could be observed in the deep mud. A short distance down the road an adult footprint was also observed. Upon traveling further into the hunting lease another neighbor, Ms Vivian Gabor, was located and indicated that she too had been tracking the child’s footprints.

The searchers continued into the hunting lease. Zachary was located walking in the muddy road approximately 2.5 miles into the hunting lease. He had traveled just under 3 miles on foot. Zachary was reunited with his mother, Julie, at the location.

He was transported back to the area of his residence and examined by emergency medical personnel. He was tired and ready for a popsicle (which he enjoyed in the ambulance) but otherwise in good shape and without injury.

Sheriff Craft would like to commend the civilian volunteers for their immediate action in attempting to locate Zachary. Their actions were instrumental in the quick and successful locating of the child. Sheriff Craft would also like to commend all of the on duty and off duty first responders who quickly coordinated and participated in the search.