Mom Wakes to 2-Year-Old Missing. Rescuers Find Footprints, But Toddler’s Aren’t the Only Ones

Chelsea Nobel woke with a fright and she didn’t know exactly what was wrong. She looked over to where her son would usually be lying next to her and got a fright when she didn’t see him there, he was gone.

She searched the whole house and called his name numerous times, but no one answered. Nobel called the police, and they put out a search team.

Police and residents of the area searched the woods for hours, but couldn’t find the missing boy, 2-year-old William Odom. All they police could find were little footprints walking through the woods.

Police were surprised to find William was not alone on his journey as they had found a second set of footprints every time they saw William’s.


The footprints that were alongside the toddler William did not belong to a human, in fact, they were the footprints of a dog, William’s dog.

Because of the two sets of footprints, police believed that William had wandered off into the woods with his dog. He became lost, but the dog never left him.

Hours later, another boy named Blake Carroll got home from school and heard the horn of one of the old trucks on his uncle’s property. He approached cautiously, and saw a dog pacing alongside the vehicle, scratching at the door.

When Blake looked inside the truck, he saw the missing toddler, crying and pressing on the horn. Blake told William that everything was going to be alright, and he went over and got his uncle to help.


Blake’s uncle got William out and immediately notified police. They came with paramedics to make sure William was okay.

Although he was a quarter mile away from home, William didn’t suffer any severe injuries on his journey. He had some mosquito bites, cuts, and bruises, but nothing that would last longer than a few days.

William was diagnosed with autism, which is one of the reasons he may not have responded as rescue teams called his name. Nobel is just happy to have her son back home where he belongs


The whole time William was missing, his dog never left his side. “Every time we found his footprint, we found the dog footprint right beside him. So the dog traveled with him all day,” Sheriff Troy Peterson said.

“When the little boy was found the dog was still circling the truck and scratching on the truck,” he added. What a true companion this dog was in a time of need.