Sioux Falls, SD
A South Dakota teenager remembers her experience being lost for several hours in a cornfield in August 2005. Glory Yount went missing just south of Brandon when she was six years old.
It took dozens of emergency responders, volunteers and even a call to the National Guard to find her.
Glory was playing hide and seek in a cornfield when a friend didn't come back to get her. That's when she got lost.
Like the incident involving a Colton boy, the Yount family's story also had a happy ending, but they did learn things along the way.
“I tried screaming, but the corn was really tall. No one could hear me,” Glory said. “She never came and got me. She thought I'd wander back or something. But I tried to and I couldn't find my way out.”
“We can't find Glory. We lost Glory and I said, ‘What do you mean?’ She was so upset she couldn't tell me,” Glory’s father Tom Yount said.
“I couldn't put two thoughts together because I was so mortified this happened,” her mother Wendy Yount said.
For more than four hours Tom and Wendy Yount watched as authorities searched the cornfield their daughter was lost in. Then around midnight the search ended when a dog caught her scent and found Glory sleeping in the field.
It was that private family moment that put them in the spot light; it also brought out dozens of volunteers the Yount family says they will forever be grateful for.
“It was just that a moment of panic when your kid is lost you're thinking, you don't know what kind of condition you're going to find your kid in,” Tom said.
“It is your worst nightmare. I just blocked it out for a long time because it made me so upset to think about it,” Wendy said.
The search ended happily, just another blessing for this family who seven years later can now joke about the event.
But Wendy says apart from that blessing, it's also made her merciful, knowing that not all situations end as happily. And if her experience can teach the parents of Malcom Pulscher anything, it's to just relish in their blessing.
“You can't always say it’s the parents fault. No. Kids just do things. My heart always goes out to parents when I hear these stories,” Wendy said.