Boy, 3, missing for three days in woods found alive half a mile away

A three-year-old boy who was lost in the Canadian woods over a number of days has been found alive and well by search teams.

Jude Leyton, from South Frontenac, went missing from a family property called 'Bing Retreat' at around 12pm on Sunday, March 28, when it is believed he simply wandered off.

Search and rescue was dispatched to help find the youngster in worryingly cold and snowy conditions in woods north of Kingston, Ontario.

100 police officers, search and rescue volunteers, canine units, helicopters and water search and rescue teams was all used to scour the surrounding area for the toddler, according to Global News.

After three days Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) confirmed Jude had been eventually found at around 3.20pm on Wednesday, March 31, fast asleep by what is known locally as “Beaver Pond.”

Incredibly despite extensive searches of the area, Jude was found just half a mile away from where he was last seen.

Constable Curtis Dick from Frontenac County OPP said: “Four of our Emergency Rescue Team members, part of the search and rescue (team), they were on another tasking to check another area. While they’re on that tasking, they found Jude.

"There’s a body of water that’s attached to the property. So it was across that body of water. So a significant distance for sure.

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"It was a great finale to some very, very difficult days."

Frontenac paramedics took Jude to Kingston General Hospital on Wednesday evening to have him checked out but police said he was in good condition when they found him and he drank some water.

Police have confirmed that they are mystified how Jude was able to evade the extensive search teams and logistical equipment out to find him.

Jude's 72-hour survival out in the Canadian wilderness, while rain and snow blasted down, has been put down to a good wintery coat, a heavy wool sweater and a decent set of boots.

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