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Man Finds Missing Toddler After Driving 2 Hours To Search, And Returns Her To Safety

After 3-year-old Serenity Dawn Sanders went missing, a friend phoned Eric Gilbreath to tell him about it.

At this moment, he dropped everything he was doing and decided to help in the search.

He drove two hours away from his Cullman, Alabama home towards DeKalb County where the little girl lived and had gone missing.

The way Gillbreath knew Serenity was due to the girl and his son sharing the same mother.

Recalling the call, he said:

“Your heart just falls out on the floor. My first thought was helping getting out there and looking. I wasn’t going to give up.”

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When he arrived at a wooded area near where the girl lived, just off County Road 957, he grabbed his spotlight and headed into the woods alone to try find Serenity.

“I just walked the ridge top, walked halfway down the ridge and walked the bottom of the ridge and went to the next one,” Gilbreath said.

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Several hours later, Gillbreath managed to finally find Serenity along with the families dog, about 600 yards from their house.

“That dog was still right there by her side. She was standing there behind the tree. I walked behind the tree she said, ‘Hey Eric’,”¬†Gilbreath said.

Whilst he walked her back towards the house, Gilbreath said he gave Serenity a warning that she should never go anywhere without her mom or another family member.

3-year-old Serenity was taken to hospital for checks, as a precaution, but is expected to be fine and healthy.