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Missing Halifax County boy found safe Tuesday afternoon

Parents Jamie Williams and Zachary Seamster of 8014 MacDonald Road, Scottsburg discovered their 4-year-old son, Matthew, missing Tuesday shortly after lunch when Seamster returned home after work.

Seamster who works at Gloster Furniture noticed the boy was missing after he and Williams thought the boy was with the grandmother. According to Williams he had stayed with her the night before and after checking with her realized he was missing.

“My father-in-law called the police when we found out he wasn’t with her,” said Williams.

Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark said the boy was barefoot when he wondered off and was wearing a dark gray shirt with a Camaro on the front and gray and black camouflage pants. Also missing was his black collie dog, Jack.

A Virginia State Police helicopter, Emergency Services Coordinator Kirby Saunders, search dogs, 15 members of search and rescue, sheriff’s office, state police and other emergency personnel and agencies were on hand to help locate the missing boy.

After a few hours of on-ground and in-the-air searching, the boy was found a little after 4 p.m., six tenths of a mile from his Scottsburg residence by State Police Special Agent Jay George III.

“Thank God he was found safe,” said Clark.

“We just want to thank every one who came and helped with the search,” he added. 

Matthew was returned to his family members along with his collie dog, Jack. When his grandfather, Bobby Seamster asked him if he was hungry and what he wanted, young Matthew asked for a candy bar.  


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