ELKRIDGE, MD – Keith Rollins, a 32-Year Veteran of the United State Postal Service, indicated that he heard the story of the missing boy heading to work Thursday morning but was thinking nothing about it as he drove up north I-95.
Before heading out for delivery, Rollins had picked up mail at BWI Airport, and as soon he passed Route 100 he said something caught his eye.
“I looked over to the right and I saw something pop up. I wasn’t sure what it was but I decided to pull over,” Rollins said.
He was unsure if it was a child or animal but he called 911 to say where he was and then got out of his vehicle.
Within a few feet of where he pulled over, Rollins said he found a little boy hiding behind an old fender soaking wet and shivering.
“I reached down to pick him up and said: ‘Hey buddy, how are you doing? Are you okay?'” But Rollins says he got no response. At the time he didn’t know that 2-year-old Ethan Adeyemi was nonverbal.
“God put me in that place this morning. It wasn’t me,” he said.
Howard County Police said Ethan left his home on Blue Stream Drive after adult had quickly disappeared. Even with an all-night search with over 100 first responders and volunteers, no one could find the little boy.
All authorities know is that Ethan most likely walked in or around an industrial complex before getting out to the highway, about a mile of a distance. It is unclear how may have made it through a fence that divides the neighborhood from I-95.
Police say they may never know the route he took.
Ethan was reunited with his family at the hospital where he was found to be in good health.