Mason County Sheriff's Office, along with multiple emergency agencies and volunteers from Lewisburg Volunteer Fire Department, spent more than an hour Monday afternoon searching for a missing child.
According to police, the 8-year-old boy, later identified as Eric Tiryung, had left a residence on Key Pike in an unknown direction about 12:45 p.m.
“He had been outside the home playing and the mother, Michelle Tiryung, estimated it had been about half an hour since she last saw him,” said Chief Deputy Chuck Fritz.
At 1:15 p.m., Deputy Terry Fryman, Maysville/Mason County Emergency Management personnel, Maysville Police Department, Mason County Search and Rescue, the Maysville Police K-9 and LCVFD volunteers were called in to search the area.
“Another resident on Key Pike reported seeing him leave Key Pike and enter a field, so that is the direction the K-9 search went,” Fritz said. “The K-9 later came out on Kentucky 11.”
Searchers had fanned out in several directions, even planning to enlist the aid of a helicopter from the Fleming-Mason County Airport if need be, police said.
“We had officers and searchers on Cahill Road, Key Pike and Kentucky 11,” Fritz said.
At 2:23 p.m., MPD Major Lisa O'Hearn announced she had located the boy in the area of Kentucky 11 near Kentucky 9.
The boy claimed to have been looking for his dog when she approached him.
“He does have a dog; the boy said he was following his dog and that was how he got to where he was,” Fritz said.
The boy seemed to be no worse for the trek and was returned to the custody of his mother, Fritz said.
“We had a really good outcome,” Fritz said.
According to records, a similar incident happened in July 2008, when the child was 4 years old and he followed his dog into a nearby cornfield.
As the search began, the child emerged from the cornfield, said Sheriff Patrick Boggs, in 2008.