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Lieutenant, neighbor describe successful search for missing boy

Published On: Jan 10 2014 09:05:01 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 10 2014 09:05:32 PM CST

A five-year-old boy wandered away during a hike with his dad Friday in the City of Shasta Lake.

A search ensued with at least 20 Shasta County Sheriff’s units were involved, with eyes on the ground and in the air.

Around 10:50 a.m. Dorian Perkins, 5, went hiking with his father down a trail near Huckleberry Road. At some point, they became separated.

About 15 minutes later, the father called 911.

The search began around 11:15 a.m. west of Lake Boulevard, south of Flanagan Road and north of Walker Mine Road.

“We did a reverse 911," said Shasta County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Mark Lillibridge.

That let neighbors know to keep a look out. Luck was on little Dorian’s side.

“I just saw Dorian walking,” said neighbor Erika Watkins. “I thought, oh they're out for a walk. They usually do and he had his hat on. I didn't think much of it. I figured his dad was right behind him."

Watkins called for help.

"She contacted one of our deputies and said, 'Hey, I saw him go in through the woods. I know who Dorian is and I think he's headed back to his house,’” said Lillibridge. “He was found safe, at home, inside. At first, I think he was a little nervous of us and kind of hid from us a little bit but we did find him at his residence and he was A-OK."

He said folks need to be aware when out in the woods.

"I just want people to know that when you're out hiking with small children to make sure you keep an eye on them,” said Lillibridge. “You know, kids tend to wander and they tend to kind of get side-tracked and before you know it you can turn around and those kids can be gone."