BECKER, Minn. — A 6-year-old boy who went missing from his home in central Minnesota after school Tuesday, Oct. 15, was found early Wednesday morning in cornfield, alive but cold, as the Sherburne County sheriff thanked hundreds of volunteers who responded for the search effort.

Ethan Haus walked away from his family's home with his dog Remington just after 4 p.m., the sheriff's office said. About 1:50 a.m., a drone using heat-seeking technology operated by Steve Fines, of Fines Imaging, located the boy and his dog lying down in a field.

The boy was cold but in otherwise good health, Sheriff Joel Brott said.

More than 600 people turned out to search for the boy.

"This is truly the epitome of a community caring for its own," Brott said. "To see the outpouring of support in such a short time period to come out and help find this boy and his dog is heartwarming."

Becker is about 20 miles southeast of St. Cloud.

Multiple dogs from area law enforcement agencies assisted in the search, as well as other drones and a Minnesota State Patrol helicopter.