Sheriff, family learn from search for 4-year-old boy

4-year-old Kyle Pierce is reunited with his mother Sarah Saturday night.
4-year-old Kyle Pierce is reunited with his mother Sarah Saturday night.

HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – A 4-year-old Hancock County boy is safe at home after he was lost in a cornfield for nearly five hours on Saturday night.

24-Hour News 8’s Nina Criscuolo caught up with boy’s family and the sheriff to take a look back at the search effort.

There were hundreds of first responders and volunteers searching for the boy until he was found just after 11 p.m.

“You know, the only thing he said is that he went on a walk. We said next time, bring your mom with you on the walk,” Bill Pierce, Kyle’s father, said.

The Pierce family is taking steps to make sure Kyle doesn’t walk out of sight again. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is also learning from the situation.

“You take whatever happens and go over it. See what went well and what went wrong and capitalize on that and try to get better at it,” Sheriff Mike Shepherd said.

He says his department was overwhelmed with the help from the community. It was heart-warming and, at one point, hampering.

“It got to the point where people were running into each other and it’s a hindrance to the canines too,” Sheriff Shepherd said.

The department decided that some people would report to a nearby school, while others continued to search.

Kyle was found and 24-Hour News 8 was there to see the reunion.

It’s a lesson for both the Pierce family and Hancock County, still, Kyle’s father is just glad his son is home safe.

“I saw a lot of people here that I knew and I saw a lot of people that I didn’t know and it’s very humbling to think that they would come out to help look for a little boy that they didn’t even know,” Pierce said.

Sheriff Shepherd said there are monitoring devices parents can get for children that are worn like a watch that can be helpful if the child tends to wander off. They can also be useful for the elderly. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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