Update: Jason was found alive by rescuers who spotted him along the Tyger River on Saturday afternoon. Jason was found by deputy Jamie Tate and David Fox with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.
Jason was found sitting on a sand bar in the middle of the Tyger River. The boy was wet, cold and exhausted, but he was otherwise in good health.
Jason Elijah Burton, 21 months, wandered away from his home on 250 East Blackstock Road in Enori, South Carolina in Spartanburg County, on Friday afternoon.
Authorities were told that Jason went out the back door. The family home is near a wooded area in Cross Anchor and searchers, including police, firefighters and emergency personnel, helicopters with heat-sensing equipment and SAR dogs were used to search for Jason.
The search continued a daybreak Saturday morning. The sheriff’s office is asking that citizens please stay out of the area. Spartanburg County Sherriff’s Lt. Tony Ivey said that more trained teams and equipment will be joining the search, according to Fox Carolina. They do not want the public showing up and confusing the dogs while they search.
Jason is about 20 pounds with brown hair and eyes. He was wearing a white long-sleeved PJ top and yellow Spongebob Squarepants bottom and no shoes.
*A month ago Spartanburg County Chuck Wright gained nationwide attention when the sheriff said that women everywhere should get a gun permit.
*In April, Tyler Jacobson from Kershaw County South Carolina wandered away from his home. The temperature dropped into the 40’s. The toddler survived the cold because a dog watched out over him throughout the night and kept him warm.