Wynne Boy Found Alive

An undated photo of 3-year-old Justin Sides. The child went missing April 30, after entering a wooded area in the Cross County town of Wynne. He was found in St. Francis County. (KAIT/D.Allen)
An undated photo of 3-year-old Justin Sides. The child went missing April 30, after entering a wooded area in the Cross County town of Wynne. He was found in St. Francis County. (KAIT/D.Allen)

May 1, 2003
Updated at: 2:40 p.m. CDT

WYNNE, Ark. -- A three-year-old boy missing since Wednesday afternoon in woods near Wynne was found today.

Justin Sides was fine but just a little shaken up. He found by a mile and a half southeast from his home.

Searchers worked against foul weather in their hunt today for the boy who vanished while out riding his bicycle with training wheels.

The boy was discovered missing at 3:45 p.m., and law officers and volunteers had been searching since then. The search area grew from where the boy left his bicycle, near a wooded area at Wynne.

Some 200 people were looking for Justin.

A severe thunderstorm pelted the area about noon, and much of the search was suspended for a time. After the rain passed, searchers with dogs took up the task again.

Authorities say there was no hint of foul play.

According reports, the child was riding his bicycle in the vicinity of the wooded area. Justin Side's absence was discovered Wednesday afternoon and his bike was found in his home's driveway.

The boy wandered away from a home in Wynne into a heavily wooded area nearby. Cross County Sheriff Ronnie Baldwin says the terrain is rough and that searchers have run into difficulties. He says so many people were out looking for the child that search dogs appeared confused by the variety of scents.

Members of Troop D and a State Police helicopter from Little Rock participated in the search. The helicopter's heat-seeking equipment has had trouble determining what's below the thick cover of trees.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.