Saturday October 1, 2016, started out as just a normal day for one Wisconsin family. Indeed, three-year-old Dyton was playing in the family’s backyard, and his mom was busy with the gardening. But at some point during the afternoon, one of the most terrifying things possible happened to them. Yes, little Dyton left the safety of his backyard and wandered into a cornfield.
The boy’s full name is Dyton Logalbo, and his home is located in Langlade County, Wisconsin. Just beyond the family house is a huge cornfield populated with thick, 7-foot-tall stalks of corn. And on this particularly day Dyton’s mom managed to catch a glimpse of the boy just as he entered the field on his own.
Naturally, she followed him into the field and called out his name. But after searching for him among the stalks for a while, panic quickly set in. Then it dawned on her that her beloved son was missing.
Dyton’s mom’s next move was to contact the local sheriff’s office. The team there – led by Sheriff Bill Greening – sprung into action and escalated the search for Dyton.
Indeed, Sheriff Greening later told Inside Edition how his office organized a search party made up of firefighters and hundreds of volunteers. They even sent up drones and two helicopters to try to locate the missing toddler among the corn stalks.
However, the cornfield was so dense that those searching for the child struggled to see through the crops. Speaking to Inside Edition, Sheriff Greening described the task of retrieving Dyton as like “finding a needing in the haystack.”
So by the time night fell on Saturday, there was still no sign of Dyton. But just because it was dark, it didn’t mean that the team gave up looking. On the contrary, volunteers desperate to find the undoubtedly terrified toddler worked through the night.
Worryingly, though, they had no luck overnight. So on Sunday morning, hundreds more volunteers showed up to join in the search, and it was one of those volunteers, Tom Andraschko, who first spotted something. In fact, he thought he’d spied some limbs on the ground.
Had he found the boy? He wasn’t sure. But as Andraschko got closer and closer, he started running towards the object. And there, on the ground, among the corn stalks, was the boy they were all very concerned about.
Dyton had been missing for over 20 hours by this stage, but he appeared to be okay. “He was cold, wet and scared,” Greening told Inside Edition. “But, overall, he was in good health.” The whole community breathed a sigh of relief.
First, it was time to give Dyton some water and food before taking him to the hospital. And after being checked over by doctors, he was allowed to go home that same afternoon.
The fact that Dyton was found within over 100 acres of 7-foot-tall corn stalks is amazing in itself. However, what’s also impressive is the way the local community reacted to the news that there was a family in need.
The sheriff went as far as describing the response as “phenomenal.” Why? Because most of the volunteers who showed up to search for Dyton didn’t even know the Logalbo family.
“They just showed up because they heard somebody needed help,” Greening said. “I think that says a lot for the character of the people who live in our community.” Indeed, it was nothing short of a truly astonishing show of compassion from this little pocket of Wisconsin.
The community all worked together to find the vulnerable boy, who originally went missing at about 2:00 p.m. but wasn’t discovered until 10.30 a.m. the next day. In the end, though, it was Andraschko who took most of the credit for finding Dyton.
Talking to WBAY radio station in 2016, Andraschko said that at the time he found the toddler he “didn’t really register really how amazing it was.” He added that he was just relieved to see that he was “sitting up” and appeared to be generally well.
The Logalbo family were naturally extremely grateful to him and the rest of the community for helping in their hour of need. “We’d like to thank the Deerbrook, Antigo and area community for their incredible help, support, love and prayers,” Dyton’s father, Troy, said on WBAY radio.
He also said that he and his family were “profoundly touched” by the community’s reaction. After what must have been a hellish 20 hours, they finally got their little boy back home safely.
Although Dyton was found cold, damp and famished, he certainly escaped a sorrier fate on this occasion. It’s probably safe to assume, then, that he won’t go wandering off into the cornfields again any time soon!
Many a parent has felt their stomach drop when they lose sight of their toddler in the supermarket, but more often than not they are reunited within just a few seconds. It’s hard to imagine what the Logalbos family went through that fateful Saturday night, but it’s heartwarming to see how those around them pulled together to bring their precious son home.