Video captures the incredible moment missing toddler is rescued from bushes

The two-year-old sparked a widespread search after disappearing from his home

Video footage has captured the incredible moment a missing two-year-old was rescued from thick bush after a desperate search to locate him.


River Schomaker, two, was reported as missing from his Portland home after his mother, Hollian Markusen, 28,  discovered he was not in his bed at around 6am on Saturday morning.


Describing her little boy as ‘extremely mobile’, police launched a widespread search including the canine unit.

The moment police reached River, who’d become stuck in bushes (Credit: KOIN TV)

After six hours, a sniffer dog located River two blocks from his house stuck in thick bush.

Footage shot from a police helicopter then captured the moment the little boy was whisked to safety.

‘I’m pretty beside myself. I’m devastated. I’m scared,” Markusen told Oregon Live. ‘My son was lost. ‘My beautiful, 2-year-old boy who’ve I’ve never been away from for more than a couple of hours his entire life.’

The little boy’s father, Aaron Schomaker, 28, said he believed River managed to slip out through the front door of the family’s ground floor apartment.

River was taken to hospital as a precaution and had some minor cuts and bruises, but is expected to make a full recovery.

River Schomaker (Credit: Portland PD)

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