UPDATED: NEWS ALERT from The Calhoun-Liberty Journal/CLJNews.com

September 24, 2011

Caleb is reunited with his mom after being handed over to her by Canine Officer Tharpe Saturday afternoon in Bristol.

3:26 p.m. UPDATE — Five-year-old Caleb McMillan was found in the woods behind Lake Mystic Baptish Church in Bristol by the Liberty Correctional Institution dog tracking team. A deputy said that despite going through lots brush and briers, the little boy had only a tiny scratch on his neck. No other marks. He’s now home with his relieved parents.


The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Liberty Search and Rescue and a tracking team from Liberty Correctional Institution are currently combing the area behind Lake Mystic Baptist Church in Bristol for a five-year-old autistic boy who was reported missing from his Pea Ridge Road home Saturday, Sept. 24.


Caleb McMillan was last seen playing in his backyard around 12:30 p.m. He is between 3 1/2 and 4 feet tall with dark skin, brown hair and blue/green eyes. He was wearing khaki shorts and a blue and brown striped shirt.

The tracking team at Liberty Correctional Institution is shown moments after they found a missing five-year boy in Bristol Saturday afternoon. The little boy’s mother thanked everyone in sight for their help, to which LCI Warden Ed Mercer said, “I’m so glad you got your baby.” Moments after she had her son in her arms again, she thanked a member of the dog tracking team, who told her, “This is what we train for.”


Tracking dogs have picked up a trail leading them behind the church and some toys Caleb had been playing with have been found in the area.


Searchers are asking bystanders stay outside the perimeter they have established as tracking dogs do their job.


Anyone with information is asked to contact the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office at 643-2235.





One Response to UPDATED: NEWS ALERT from The Calhoun-Liberty Journal/CLJNews.com

  1. philip travis
    October 30, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    We are so very fortunate to have members of the tracking team in both Liberty and Calhoun counties. Each of the respective teams offer their services to the communities in which they sit. As a matter of fact, over $16 million dollars is reinvested back into the communties where corrections facilities are located here. Over 300 full time jobs are created as a result of our neighboring institutions. It is very simple to see that the corrections departments in both Liberty and Calhoun countuies touch our lives both directly and indirectly, but this is a wonderful story in which a boy and his mother owe their gratitude to a fine set of hard working individuals.

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