3-year-old found: ‘we cannot repay you guys’

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) – A 3-year-old boy who disappeared early Friday morning was found safe at 7:00 a.m. Friday morning, Clark County officials said.

Oregon Search and Rescue crews were called in to the area surrounding the 5400 block of SE 34th in Vancouver, Wash. to search for missing 3-year-old Ajay Sardis, who was later found safely sleeping in a neighboring apartment. (KOIN)
Oregon Search and Rescue crews were called in to the area surrounding the 5400 block of SE 34th in Vancouver, Wash. to search for missing 3-year-old Ajay Sardis, who was later found safely sleeping in a neighboring apartment. (KOIN)

Ajay Sardis, reported missing early Friday morning, was found sleeping in an apartment in the same complex from which he went missing and will be reunited with his family at the Clark County Western Precinct later today.

“We’re just really thankful to the Vancouver Police for you know everything that they’ve done for us,” said his mother, Disa Osuma.

“I was in shock, because this is the first time he would go out by himself and wander off.”

Following a medical examination, Ajay will be reunited with his family.

Three-year-old Ajay disappeared from an apartment complex in the 5400 block of Northeast 34th Street in Vancouver, where he was being cared for by a relative at the residence who woke up to find Ajay gone at roughly 1:15 a.m, police said.

A Vancouver Fire Department official uses a thermal imaging camera, that picks up heat signals in the dark, to find missing 3-year-old Ajay Sardis in the 5400 block of NE 34th St. in Vancouver. (KOIN)
A Vancouver Fire Department official uses a thermal imaging camera, that picks up heat signals in the dark, to find missing 3-year-old Ajay Sardis in the 5400 block of NE 34th St. in Vancouver. (KOIN)

The door was unlocked and Ajay was nowhere to be found.

He was reported missing at 3:00 a.m. A neighbor found the tot wandering outside, and took him into the apartment because he knew Ajay.

“We came back after one hour and we just don’t know where he went,” said Ajay’s uncle Kenestral Miller.

At least a dozen Vancouver Fire Department officials were on scene and used a thermal imaging camera, which picks up a heat signal in people and animals, to find Ajay.

“We cannot repay you guys,” said Osuma.

“But I know God will repay you for what you have done for us.”

A plea was issued to neighbors by police to check in their yards, under their cars, or anywhere officials thought the tot might be hiding. But, he was safe, warm and sleeping all along.

Investigation continues

The family who found him scooped him up right away and immediately began taking care of him, police said.

Police said this is a great outcome, but detectives will continue to work on the case to determine the exact circumstances under which Ajay went missing.

The family is being interviewed by police and firefighters. We’ll have more on the reunion later.

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