Thea Chase, a 2-year-old child, went missing from her home at approximately 8 a.m. on September 20, 2023. Troopers from the Iron Mountain station of the Michigan State Police were called to the home in rural Faithorn.
Who is Thea Chase and what happened to him?
Her disappearance sparked a massive search, with officials using drones, search and rescue teams and canine units, as well as people organizing search parties of their own to help search throughout a remote forested area in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, USA.
Thea Chase and her family’s two dogs were discovered in the woods hours later. According to CNN, the toddler was found sleeping with one of the dogs as a pillow while the other dog kept watch.
According to WBAL-TV, Thea Chase and her two dogs left home around 7:30 p.m. on September 20, 2023, while her mother, Brooke Chase, imagined the toddler was outside with her uncle. Miss, who is doing power washing.
According to CNN, Thea’s uncle told Brooke to take her child inside because she wasn’t wearing shoes when she came to check on her child. Brooke Chase stated to WLUC:
The incident was discovered when missing child Thea Chase was found with the dog
Thea Chase, a toddler, was reported missing by her mother Brooke Chase after she disappeared from their residence in Faithorn, a small community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, near the Canadian border near Sault Ste. Marie, at about 7:30 Wednesday night.
Brooke, who spoke to local media source WLUC, said Thea’s uncle urged her to come inside and put on shoes while she was playing barefoot in the yard.
“She said ‘Okay!’ and he thought she had gone inside. My intuition told me to go check on Thea and make sure she wasn’t in any trouble,” Brooke said. “That’s when we realized she wasn’t here and the dogs weren’t here either.”
For about half an hour, Brooke and her brother-in-law searched the surrounding area for the missing child but to no avail.
“I was just panicking, thinking the worst,” she said, noting that neither the dogs nor Thea responded to their screams.
A search for the two-year-old boy using drones, search and rescue teams and sniffer dogs was coordinated by Michigan State Police and local sheriff’s deputies after police received a call on around 8pm.
“When we get a call like that, everything else stops,” Michigan State Police Lt. Mark Giannunzio told CNN.
To help find Thea in the deep woods surrounding Faithorn, locals organized volunteer search parties.
Near midnight, more than four hours after the two-year-old boy was first reported missing, a family friend using an ATV to look for Thea came across the family’s Rottweiler, Buddy.