HOLT, Fla., Feb. 17, 2019–Two young children were rescued yesterday after they were spotted wandering along Interstate 10 near Holt.
They were accompanied by a couple of dogs who appeared to be keeping the children from wandering onto the interstate until help arrived.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Highway Patrol were called to mile marker 44 near Holt around 9 a.m. Saturday after receiving multiple 911 calls about two young children near the highway.
Five good Samaritans driving on the interstate stopped to check on the children, both under the age of 6, and the two Great Pyrenees/Shepard mix dogs with them.
Witnesses who spotted the children in an emergency lane of I-10 yesterday reported seeing the two dogs standing between the the kids and the interstate, pushing the children back against the guardrail when they’d move toward the highway.
An investigation into why the children were on the interstates determined the children were playing in the yard of their home with other kids.
They reportedly walked away from the foster dad who called for them to return but was unable to pursue them due to an ambulatory condition.
He immediately sent his teenage kids to search for the pair while he jumped on his tractor to look for them in the woods.
A thorough investigation of the situation determined the foster father made a diligent effort to locate the children and provide for their welfare. No criminal charges were pursued.
The girl said she wandered off because she was trying to chase a rainbow.
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office release