Girl missing in Ontario cornfield overnight found

(MIKE HENSEN/QMI Agency)

(MIKE HENSEN/QMI Agency)

John Miner, Mike Hensen and Dan Brown, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:36 PM ET

SOUTH HURON, Ont. -- A two-year-old girl was found Wednesday morning after she went missing 14 hours earlier in a 75-acre corn field in southern Ontario.

"It is a happy ending," Const. Kees Wijnands of the Ontario Provincial Police said.

A neighbouring landowner found the girl about a kilometre away in a bean field in South Huron at about 10:30 a.m. She was in good shape but taken to hospital to get checked over.

The girl was playing with a group of children in the cornfield when she went missing at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

At its height, the desperate search for the girl on the Whelan Line farm in Huron County, north of London, Ont., involved more than 80 emergency response personnel -- police, dog search team officers, volunteer firefighters and paramedics. Family and neighbours also joined in.

Overnight, an RCAF rescue helicopter from Trenton, Ont., used its spotlights to scour the area.

With two million acres of corn grown in Ontario, much of it in the southwest, police sometimes get calls about children lost in the field but they're often quickly found.

This was a much longer ordeal, Wijnands said.

He said it's easy enough for an adult to become disoriented in a corn field, let along a youngster.

"Playing near or in corn fields is dangerous, especially for young children," he warned. "Some places abut a corn field. If kids are playing there, make sure they are supervised."

What might have gone through the young girl's mind overnight Tuesday, lost and wandering in temperatures that fell to 15C, wasn't immediately clear: Police didn't identify the family and kept reporters away.

The family, police said, were new to Canada and there was a language barrier, suggesting they don't speak English. That could explain why they didn't immediately notify police the child was missing, they said.


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