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By Edie Gross
Two small children were found huddling under a large log for warmth Friday after they wandered away from their Spotsylvania home while it was snowing and lost their bearings.
The grandmother of the 5-and 10-year-old reported the children missing around 2:45 p.m. from their yard near the Caroline County line, the Sheriff's Office said. The children had been missing for about 30 minutes.
Due to the sub-freezing temperatures, the Search and Rescue Team sought help from Spotsylvania Fire and Rescue, the State Conservation Police and Emergency Management Services.
A bloodhound from Caroline County helped, picking up the children's scent and noting the general direction in which they'd wandered.
Using that information, a Fairfax County Police helicopter and crew scanned the ground using infrared technology, and picked up a signal in a low-lying area near a pond, about a half-mile from the children's yard.
That's where a search team on the ground found the two, crouching under a large log, trying to stay warm. After a quick check by medics, the children were returned to their family.
"This was a true team effort, with everyone working side by side to find those children before darkness overtook the area, making the search more difficult and further endangering the health and safety of the children," Sheriff Roger Harris said. "It's gratifying to see everyone's efforts culminate in a happy and successful ending for all."