Man finds missing 2-year-old after seeing viral Facebook post
LORAIN, Ohio (WJW) -- A Lorain County girl who was missing for more than four hours, was found wandering in the snow early Thursday morning.
Lana Lowther, 2, was last seen around the 2000 block of Randall Street just before 9 p.m. Wednesday.
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She was found around 1 a.m. Thursday by a man who was leaving his sister's house less than a mile away from where the girl disappeared. She was wearing only the pink footie pajamas she had on when she went missing.
Andrew Tornabene was aware a little girl was missing and had shared a post about her disappearance on his Facebook page.
He didn't expect he'd be the one to find her.
"I was just hanging out at my sister's house and I was getting ready to leave and I decided to come the other way just to reroute and take a stroll and see if I could see her," Tornabene said. "And sure enough, as soon as I made the left on to Missouri from my sister's house I seen her staggering on the corner by a bush and falling in the snow."
"I just threw my car in park," Tornabene said of finding the missing girl. "Threw the hazards on and she threw her arms up and grabbed me and I put her in the vehicle and called police."
Tornabene said the little girl was cold, but seemed otherwise fine.
"She seemed a little bit out of it. Like she was able to say 'sit,' like she wanted to sit in the car," Tornabene said. "And I could tell she was really cold so she had to have been out there for a long time cause she was shivering when I picked her up. The second I put her in the vehicle she was just relaxed and started to close her eyes and sit down."
Even though Lorain Police asked people to not search for the little girl, many people did.
Rich Revercomb was among them.
He was there as police and FBI arrived on the scene when the girl was found.
He got emotional as he talked about seeing the little girl and knowing she was okay.
"The way our world is with the psychos today out here, you hope for the best but you never know. But to find her after this much time as little a girl as she is, I don't know, in my opinion, it's a miracle," Revercomb said. "I believe God was watching over her."
Revercomb took several pictures of the girl being taken by an FBI agent from Tornabene's car.
Tornabene said when he called 911, the dispatcher called him a hero. It's a title he agrees with.
"Do you feel like a hero?" a television reporter asked him.
"Yes I do actually because she's been out here for several hours," he said. "It's freezing. She's only two. I can't imagine that."
"It's crazy just to be the person that found someone who was missing and everyone was looking for her for hours and I just happened to go outside and find her like it was nothing," he said. "It's crazy."
Lowther was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center before being transferred to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland. FOX 8's Matt Wright learned that the little girl was released from the hospital Thursday morning.
Fox 8 reached out to Lana's mother, Amanda Lowther. She told us "All I can say is that she is safe and my family is very thankful to those who went out and looked for her." She said because it was an ongoing investigation she could not give any more details.
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