Four missing children found safe in Sequoyah County

VIDEO: Grandparents relieved after return of missing Oklahoma children

SEQUOYAH COUNTY, Okla. — Four children under the age of 9 who were missing for hours have been found safe, Sequoyah County Emergency Management said early Wednesday.

Levi Andrew Wilder, 5, Ada-Bell Wilder, 6, Maria Sue Wilder, 7, and Nathanal Wilder, 9, wandered away from their grandmother’s home around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, just north of Vian in Sequoyah County.

The grandmother told Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane that she went outside to look for the children but could not find them.

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Sequoyah County Emergency Management said in a Facebook post that the children were found overnight and they are safe and ok.

“They are cold, but ok,” Sequoyah County Emergency Management said.

Dec. 2, 2020 - FOX23 talked with the grandparents of four children who went missing in Sequoyah County on Tuesday.
Dec. 2, 2020 - FOX23 talked with the grandparents of four children who went missing in Sequoyah County on Tuesday. (FOX23)

The children were located around 1.3 miles from their home near the edge of Tenkiller Dam but probably walked about two miles, Lane said.

Lane said the children were stuck and couldn’t go up the bluff or across the water.

Lane said they had about 50 people from various agencies assisting in the search.