A 3-year-old boy who went missing from his grandmother’s North Carolina backyard earlier this week was found alive in a heavily wooded area on Thursday night, a report said.
According to the New York Post Casey Hathaway disappeared from his grandmother’s backyard on Tuesday afternoon, but was found in good health and taken to the hospital for an evaluation, according to local station WECT-TV.
The boy was found by police entangled in a patch of thorny bushes where he was last seen.
Authorities responded to the area after a tip and found the boy crying for his mother, police said in a press conference on Thursday night.
“He’s good. He’s up and talking. He’s already asked to watch Netflix — so he’s good,” his mother, Brittany, said at the press conference after the boy was found.
During the search, rescuers became very concerned about Casey being able to survive the overnight freezing temperatures.
After his rescue he was being evaluated at a hospital as he had spent two nights out in the open wearing only a jacket and tracksuit pants.
“Thank you all for coming out. All the prayers. It means a lot,” the boy’s father, Chris, added.
Casey was playing outside with two other kids on Tuesday afternoon before he vanished.
His grandmother searched for 45 minutes after the other children returned inside without him.
Hundreds of people from the community were searching for the little boy until he was found safe on Thursday night.
Local police credited the search parties with the boy being found safe.
“It was folks giving us tips and leads, and the rescue teams, and everybody that was out there jumping right out there and following every lead,” the local Sheriff Chip Hughes said.
“Let me tell you we had a lot of them come in.”
This article first appeared in the New York Post and is republished with permission.