Final update -
Ryan has been reunited with his very grateful family following a search exceeding 4 hours involving numerous YCSO personnel and volunteers, along with a DPS Ranger and Guidance helicopter crew flying "Rescue 1." YCSO also very much appreciates the 8 residents/ranchers who participated with our crews as part of a coordinated search. As we have seen in the past, the sooner a call is made regarding any missing child, the greater the chances of finding that child quickly and safely. Ryan was located about 2.5 miles from his home along a fence line.
Additionally, Command Staff had activated the C.A.R.T. – Child Abduction Response Team – bringing numerous trained personnel and resources from area agencies including Coconino County, Mojave County, Department of Corrections -Search Dogs-, DPS, Prescott Valley Police, Prescott Police, Cottonwood Police, FBI, to name a few. Although not fully deployed tonight, their quick response and readiness was evident and appreciated as the search continued into darkness.
In all, about 90 personnel were on scene at the time Ryan was found. A correction – Ryan was in the care of his 81-year-old grandfather at the time.
This search effort, coordinated by YCSO supervisors, in conjunction with the assistance of those mentioned above, provided the key ingredients to finding Ryan safe and before the extremely cold temperatures that follow sunset. Sheriff Mascher would like to extend his heartfelt appreciation to all those involved in this effort to find Ryan tonight.
7:05 PM UPDATE - Two Search and Rescue deputies working with a local rancher located Ryan after discovering a series of tracks in the area ---- DPS Ranger paramedics have examined the child and confirmed no medical issues. Deputies are in the process of reuniting Ryan with his family ---- I will forward any photos when/if available.
6:50 PM UPDATE - REGARDING THE MISSING CHILD OUTSIDE SELIGMAN – HE HAS BEEN LOCATED --- AWAITING FURTHER DETAILS --- I CANNOT TAKE MEDIA CALLS AT THIS TIME --
Initial release detail --
PRELIMINARY INFORMATION --- Search Underway outside Seligman for Missing 2-year-old
The search for a missing 2-year-old is underway in the Hyde Park area of Seligman, Arizona. The missing child is Ryan Garibay who is 2' 10" tall, 34 pounds, brown hair and eyes, wearing a red plaid jacket, dark colored pajama bottoms and tan boots.
The child was in the care of his grandmother and was last seen around 1:30 pm playing in the backyard of her home on Hyde Park Road. While she was feeding animals, Ryan apparently wandered out of the yard without notice. Several people conducted a search without success and eventually called the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office around 2:30 PM to report Ryan missing.
A multi-agency search and rescue operation is underway and includes air support from YCSO Rescue 1 and DPS Ranger.
Further updates when available.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov