(CNN) -- It started out as a typical spat between a mother and child, the kind parents and kids around the world have thousands of times every day: Holger Kragh wanted to take his coat off during a walk in the woods. His mother wouldn't let him.
The 3-year-old stormed off -- and vanished.
In the end, they even sent out an ice cream truck, hoping that Holger would hear its bells and follow the sound.
But as night fell Sunday, as temperatures dropped to near freezing and rain began to fall, there was no sign of him.
The search continued Monday morning, a bright clear day -- and then the news broke, in the form of a shout as CNN affiliate TV2 was broadcasting live.
"Ja!" comes the roar from just off-screen. The camera swings to find police team leader Flemming Bruun Jacobsen pumping a fist in the air, his other hand holding a phone to his ear.