WARREN, Ohio (AP) — A man who found a little girl who’d been missing from her great-grandparents’ home for two days sounded jubilant in a 911 call.
“Oh, my God,” Victor Sutton told a dispatcher on Sunday evening after finding 2-year-old Rainn Peterson sleeping in a field not far from where she went missing. “Talk about luck.”
Rainn, who apparently had wandered away on Friday, was found around 6:30 p.m. Sunday in North Bloomfield Township, just north of Warren and Youngstown near the Pennsylvania state line. She was taken to a hospital for an evaluation.
The Trumbull County sheriff said Monday that Rainn was in good shape except for being dehydrated.
Authorities organized a massive manhunt to comb the area for Rainn over the weekend, when there were downpours and overnight temperatures in the low 40s. The search for her involved planes and helicopters and people on foot and on horseback.
Sutton found Rainn, who wasn’t wearing a jacket, while searching on his four-wheeler.
Sutton, who lives in the area, told the dispatcher how “tough” Rainn is.
When the dispatcher heard Rainn crying softly during the 911 call, which was made from Sutton’s cellphone, she told Sutton she had “goosebumps.”
“I didn’t give up on this kid,” he replied.
Rainn and her two brothers, ages 3 and 4, were staying with their great-grandparents on Friday when they reported her missing. Investigators from Trumbull County Children’s Services are looking at the circumstances surrounding Rainn’s disappearance.
Rainn’s mother, Brandi Peterson, said her children had been staying with the couple because she was moving into an apartment. She said her grandmother was in the kitchen and the three children were with her grandfather in another area of the house when the toddler walked away.
The sheriff said the family had cooperated with investigators and there were no signs of foul play or violence at the home.