By Carlos Alcalá and Bill Lindelof
Searchers in Nevada County wrapped up the hunt for 3-year-old Davyn Wilkison about mid-morning Thursday when a neighbor heard the boy crying on a hill about 70 feet above the little town of Washington.
Barry Seiler found Davyn around 10 a.m., about 20 hours after he was last seen at his home in the community of fewer than 200, according to Nevada County Sheriff Detective Jesse King.
"Everybody watches out for everybody around here," said Jason Wilkison, the boy's father. The population of the town more than doubled as search and rescue teams came in from five or six surrounding counties, according to King.
Family members of Wilkison and Harmony Blake, Davyn's mother, also came to provide emotional support.
In the end, though, it was the volunteer who knew the area who found the boy, crying after being awakened by a low-flying search helicopter.
He was wet and hungry and fed with granola bars and a push pop until the family gathered for breakfast at the Washington hotel.
Davyn was reported missing to the sheriff's department at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Handlers with their search dogs responded to try to find the boy. About 30 searchers worked through the night.
Call The Bee's Carlos Alcalá, (916) 321-1987.
Photo caption: From the left, Harmony Blake, mother of Davyn Wilkinson, 3, who is being held by his older brother Justin are reunited after Davyn spent a night lost in the woods. Davyn's father, Jason Wilkison, is at the right, raising his hand saying thanks to God. Photo by Bryan Patrick
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