LAMOINE, Maine — Three-year-old Logan Knight didn’t know what all the fuss was about outside his home Wednesday afternoon.
Searchers from area agencies had converged at the home on Mud Creek Road to search for the youngster who had wandered away from his home with his dog. The boy was found safe after remaining missing for more than an hour in the woods behind his home.
Logan had been playing in the front yard with his 1-year-old chocolate Lab, Max. When his father, Joseph Knight, stepped inside the house for a moment, the boy and the dog took off into the woods.
Although there are some homes nearby on Mud Creek Road, not far from the Hancock town line, they all are surrounded by woods, making it difficult to determine which way the boy might have gone.
The 911 call came in at a little before 2:30 p.m., according to Sgt. Chris Simmons of the Maine Warden Service.
There were some tense moments as officers from several different agencies searched for more than an hour without finding the boy. Search dog teams from the Warden Service and Ellsworth Police Department combed the area along with other officers from the Warden Service, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Maine State Police, National Park Service and Ellsworth Police Department.
Teams scoured the roads around the home and searched the woods on both sides of the road, and asked neighbors whether they had seen the boy. Friends and neighbors joined the search, and it was two neighbors, Herb Gordon and his wife, Terry, who found the boy in the woods about 700 or 800 yards from his home.
“I hunt the area and I know all the trails. I had a feeling where he might be,” said Herb Gordon, who lives down the road from the boy’s home. “There’s a beaver flowage down in there, and he was right there, playing around.”
“I yelled to him and waved,” Terry Gordon said.
The boy waved back.
According to Herb Gordon, it appeared that the youngster had stepped onto the ice at the edge of the water, gone through and then stepped back.
The boy was headed back toward home when he was found. His dog was with him.
It was a tearful reunion with his parents, who also have 1-week-old twins at home.
Logan’s mother, Nicole Dammier, sat on the front steps of their home, hugging her son.
Neither parent wanted to speak about the incident, but Dammier’s mother, Laurie Dammier, said Logan was fine, although being alone in the woods with his dog was a scary experience.
“He said he was scared,” Laurie Dammier said. “He said he went under the barbed wire because Max did.”
She added that it was some comfort during the search to know that the dog was with him.
“The dog is with him all the time,” she said. “That helped to keep us calm.”
The dog ran off when Logan’s rescuers arrived. Family members were headed out into the woods to retrieve him Wednesday afternoon.
The boy’s grandmother relayed a message of thanks from Logan’s mom to the officers and neighbors who helped in the search for Logan. The family has lived in the area for just about a year.
“She wanted to say thanks to the community,” Laurie Dammier said. “This really brought the community out. The community really helped a lot.”