When a three-year-old went missing all night in a Missouri cornfield, her dog stayed with her all night, and despite what authorities called a “weak bark,” led the search party to the girl the next morning.
Thursday night, three-year-old Remy Merritt wondered off from home and found herself in a dense cornfield. Fortunately, her loyal Yorkshire terrier Fat Health followed her. Of course, both Remy and Fat Health were out of sight of anyone.
“I looked for her by myself thinking maybe she was just in the woods or somewhere where I just couldn’t see her,” explains Remy’s mom, Timber Merritt. “I was calling for her and calling for her, and when she wasn’t calling back I realized I don’t think I’m going to find her on my own.”
Between law enforcement and volunteers, the search party grew to well over 100 people. However, they couldn’t find Remy before dark set in, forcing them to hold off the search until dawn broke Friday morning.
The biggest challenge of the search was that sound doesn’t travel well in the corn fields. It’s difficult to hear anything, and even if you do, it can be tough to decipher where the sound is coming from.
Even with over 100 volunteers and a helicopter looking for Remy, the breakthrough came when Fat Health exchanged barks with a police dog assisting with the search.
“One of the dogs barked and a weaker bark was returned,” says Sergeant Clark Parrott of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. “The dogs yapping at each other is a neat little moment.”
The dog had stayed with Remy all night and then helped alert the search part to Remy, who was found sleeping amidst the corn stalks about a quarter-mile from her house.
“She said she wasn’t scared because Fat Heath was there,” says Timber. “If he wasn’t I think she would’ve been terrified.”
Remy was taken to the hospital but was released with a clean bill of health soon after despite being a little dehydrated and succumbing to a massive amount of mosquito bites.