A Lorain County, Ohio, man has rescued a toddler who went missing for four hours.
Andrew Tornabene discovered the 2-year-old girl, Lana Lowther, in the snow shortly after leaving his sister's house around 1 a.m. on Feb. 18, Fox 8 reported. He had been aware of the girl's disappearance and had shared a post about her on his Facebook page.
Although police had told local residents not to look for the girl, Tornabene decided to keep an eye out for 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 told Fox 8.
"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," he added.
Tornabene said he immediately parked the car, took the little girl into the vehicle, and called police.
He said the girl was cold but otherwise unharmed.
" … 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," Tornabene said. "The second I put her in the vehicle she was just relaxed and started to close her eyes and sit down."
Rich Revercomb, another local man who had been looking for the girl, took a picture as police and FBI arrived on the scene and took the girl from Tornabene's car.
Revercomb said the child's safe discovery was a "miracle."
"I believe God was watching over her," he added.
The girl was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center, and later to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland. She was released to her family later in the day on Feb. 18.
The toddler had disappeared around 9 p.m. on Feb. 17 from a location less than a mile away from where she was eventually found.
Police are currently investigating the chain of events between the time Lana went missing and the time she was found. It is likely that an unknown person may have picked up the toddler and dropped her off on the street where she was discovered, authorities said in a press release on Feb. 18, according to ABC 5.
Police explained that the condition in which the child was found was not "consistent" with having been outside in freezing temperatures for four hours.
Lana's mother, Amanda Lowther, told Fox 8 she was grateful to everyone who tried to find her daughter.
"All I can say is that she is safe and my family is very thankful to those who went out and looked for her," Amanda said.