6-year-old Minnesota boy who vanished after getting off school bus found safe near his home

A 6-year-old boy who vanished after he got off a school bus in a small town in Minnesota Tuesday afternoon was found safe with his dog about a mile and a half from his home just before 2 a.m. Wednesday.

The boy, identified only by his first name, Ethan, left the bus with his siblings north of Becker, Minn., and ran off to play with his family’s dog around 4 p.m., the Sherburne County Sheriff’s office posted on Facebook.

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The boy was checked out by paramedics after he was found but it's unclear if he suffered any injuries.

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The sheriff's department thanked the hundreds of volunteers who helped look for Ethan and said they would give more updates later Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.