CENTURIA, Wis. - An army of law enforcement professionals and hundreds of volunteers are combing the fields and woods near Centuria, Wisconsin, looking for a 2-year-old boy who apparently wandered away from his home Tuesday night.
Family friend Kirk Anderson tells KARE 11 Isaiah Theis was last seen playing with his older brother in the yard around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. His parents called police immediately when they couldn't find the toddler.
The family farm is surrounded by a combination of lush fields and dense woods, making the search challenging. There are also a couple of swampy areas and ponds within a mile or so of the Theis home.
Images from SKY 11 show volunteers spread out, walking the rows of corn and bean fields near the Theis family farm.
Isaiah was last seen wearing a green shirt and blue shorts, and white socks. He may not have been wearing shoes.
More than 100 volunteers showed up Tuesday night to help look for the boy, but the search was called off around 1:30 a.m. when darkness made things too dangerous to continue.
Those volunteers, and dozens more are now joining local police and deputies from Polk County as the search resumed around 6 a.m. Wednesday.
KARE 11 reporter Scott Seroka is on the scene, and describes conditions as stifling hot with only a slight breeze. He says one volunteer was taken to an ambulance after she was overcome by the heat.
Polk County Sheriff Pete Johnson is asking those who wish to help in the search for Isaiah to dress appropriately for the task and report to the Polk-Burnett complex in Centuria.
Volunteers will be asked to wait there until a search area is identified. Search teams will be assembled and bussed to the areas where activity is being staged.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Isaiah Theis is asked to call the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 715-485-8300.
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