DEWEY, AZ - A 2-year-old boy who went missing from his northern Arizona home Monday night was found dead on Wednesday morning.
Brandon Bonney with the Prescott Valley Police Department sent a release on behalf of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office stating that the body of Emmett Trapp was located around 11:30 a.m.
He was reportedly located by search and rescue personnel approximately three miles from his home. Officials said the Emmett walked three miles barefoot through brush and steep terrain into a mine pit where he was found dead, still clad in the pajama top and diaper he was wearing when he wandered from his home two days earlier.
"He went over hills, washes, and thickets. He went through a lot," said Search and Rescue spokesman Jeff Newnum.
The area where the body was found has been contained and is being treated like a crime scene, which is a common protocol in any unattended death to ensure that a complete and thorough investigation can be conducted, according to the release.
Search and rescue personnel, along with citizen volunteers and other law enforcement agencies worked diligently to locate Emmett safely.
Neighbors said Wednesday they were crushed by the grim discovery.
"I was really hoping with all the people that were out here and all the neighbors that were trying to help... I was hoping for a better outcome," said Dewey resident Dennis Gohr.
Dwight D'Evelyn with the YCSO said Emmett was last seen at his home on Lavender Sage Road in Dewey on Monday.
The boy’s mother reportedly called YCSO around 8 p.m. to report Emmett missing after searching her home and property for the boy.
D’Evelyn said the woman and her four children had been home together and, when she woke up from a nap in the early evening hours, she could not find Emmett.
The family dog had apparently wandered off with Emmett, but the dog returned when called.
The mother reportedly contacted her husband at work and called the Sheriff’s Office to report him missing.
D’Evelyn said deputies arrived within 10 minutes and began checking the home and surrounding areas for Emmett.
The search expanded and included air searches by the Department of Public Safety Ranger helicopter.
The search effort continued with additional teams in the area joined by volunteers from the community, some riding ATVs while others searched on horseback and bloodhounds were brought in to help.
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