FOUND: Missing toddler found safe

Brandon Stratton, 3, who was reported missing has been found safe by police, St. George, Utah, Oct. 18, 2018 | Photo courtesy of the St. George Police Department, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Brandon Stratton, the 3-year-old reported missing Thursday morning has been located and is safe after an extensive search of more than five hours.

The child was reported missing at 11 a.m. and was last seen at his residence in the area of 400 S. Main St. just after midnight.

Read more: MISSING: Toddler missing from home near downtown St. George 

Police immediately opened an investigation and called in additional resources while officers canvassed the immediate area then expanded the search from there, St. George Police Capt. Mike Giles said at a press conference held Thursday afternoon in front of the St. George Police Department building.

Giles said detectives were investigating the child’s disappearance as possibly suspicious.

He added that a reverse 911 page was sent out to subscribers within a predetermined radius detailing information to inform residents of the missing child’s status in a pre-scripted message.

Authorities also contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to report Stratton’s disappearance, and were put in touch with “Team Adam,” a program that sends on-site assistance to law enforcement agencies and families in serious cases of missing children.

The child was located shortly before 4:30 p.m., and St. George Police Officer Tiffany Atkin said in an update, “Thank you to everyone who reached out in an effort to locate Brandon. He is safe, healthy, and happy.”

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  • DRT October 18, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    I hope that Child Protective Services takes a good hard look at this situation. I know there is information about this that isn’t being released to the media, but something about this just doesn’t pass the sniff test!
    I thank SG News for the update.

    • Real Life October 19, 2018 at 7:53 am

      Agree. There is a lot of things missing from this story. Hopefully StG News follows up on this one.

      • Mike P October 19, 2018 at 11:23 am

        A lot of things missing from this story? Yeah, like everything. “Missing child found” that’s about it. Come one, where’s the story

  • xbcmc059 October 18, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    And the child was found WHERE?

  • NickDanger October 19, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Toddlers will toddle.

  • Arcana October 19, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks for telling us as little as possible.

  • KR567 October 19, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    St George news should hand out bibs to the cry babies … !

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