3-year-old treated and released after following dog into woods in northern Wisconsin

Abigail Ladwig

The search for a missing toddler in northern Wisconsin ended with her safe return Monday night, Aug. 10.

The Sawyer County Sheriff's Department confirmed 3-year-old Abby Ladwig was found. In a Facebook post the sheriff's office said Abby and her dog, Peanut, were found around 7:20 p.m. Monday walking from the woods into a neighboring yard close to her home.

Authorities said the girl suffered minor scratches, insect bites and dehydration during her nearly 24 hours of being lost in the woods. She was treated at a hospital and released.

The girl was last seen about 6:30 pm. Sunday outside her home in Winter. Her mother, Lisa Koch, says her daughter had been playing outside and wandered off. Authorities believe she may have followed the family dog into some woods.

Law enforcement and scores of volunteers searched the family's 40 acres of land following her disappearance.

3-year-old reported missing in northern Wisconsin located, sheriff says

Abigail Ladwig was found after following her dog into the woods Sunday, officials said.