When a three-year-old kid vanished from his Florida home, it was a scary realization for his parents.
On June 3, 2020, Marshal Butler, a Ponce de León resident with autism, went missing, setting off a frantic police investigation. The family received just a tiny measure of consolation after learning that the youngster was last seen with the two family dogs, Buckwheat and Nala, and only wearing a diaper.
Marshal was ultimately located after several hours of searching, safe and sound with the family dogs who wouldn’t leave his side, according to a story from WJHG.
On Facebook, the Walton County Sheriff’s office made a plea for people to keep an eye out for him.
The post stated that “the youngster was last spotted wearing only a diaper,” and that a K9 team had been sent in to assist in the search.
Marshal’s family was quite concerned since they knew that due to his autism, he wouldn’t be able to connect with anybody he encountered.
Kayla Stewart, Marshal’s aunt, described the family’s reaction to learning the youngster had vanished as “terrified.”
She admitted to being terrified to WJHG. Worst-case scenarios of every kind are going through their minds.
Thankfully, Marshal was discovered next to a river about a mile from his house. Despite being coated in filth, he was uninjured and with the family dogs, who seemed to have refused to let him go.
His two dogs were present, according to neighbor Carol Shelton. “[We] are grateful that the puppies, I think, kind of led him along and kept him safe.”
Marshal’s family expressed their excitement at having Marshal back and their pride in their two devoted dogs for helping to keep him safe.
The mother of Marshal said, “They’re doing their job.”
To let Marshal’s family know that he had been located safe, the sheriff’s office posted a message on Facebook.
The post has already gone viral, with more than 3,000 replies and 1,500 shares. It also revealed that the boy’s canines had stayed with him.
One individual said, “So pleased to hear he was recovered safe. Amazingly, the dog was also discovered with him! He spent the entire time guarding him. Dogs are such devoted creatures!