Missing North Carolina 3-year-old Casey Lynn Hathaway found alive

26 January, 2019, 00:44 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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An "emergency search" is now underway for a 3-year-old North Carolina boy who reportedly went missing while playing in his grandmother's yard on Tuesday afternoon, according to authorities.

Casey was last seen playing with two other children and his grandmother realized he was missing when the two kids returned inside the house without him on Tuesday. Forty-five minutes passed before a relative called 911 to alert police of his disappearance.

'Today, hundreds of professional searchers and volunteers walked through rough terrain around the home to try and locate Casey.

The FBI, state investigators and the U.S. Marine Corps from nearby bases at Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point joined the effort to find Casey.

In a news release Thursday night, Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Shelley Lynch says Casey Hathaway was found by professional search and rescue crews in Craven County in eastern North Carolina.

The 3-year-old went missing on Tuesday while playing in the garden of his grandmother's house in Ernul, NC.

Breanna Hathaway, who identified herself as Casey's aunt, said the boy told the family he was with a bear for two days. Rescuers said he was cold, but talking when he was found. When Casey didn't come inside with the other children, his grandmother searched the home and outside, but the little boy was nowhere to be seen, officials said. "The little fella is happy and his parents are very happy as well".


They followed his call 40 to 50 yards into the woods, through water, to find Hathaway tangled in vines and thorns, Hughes said. "He's good! He is good". "He's already asked to watch Netflix, so he's good".

The boy was found in a wooded location provided in a tip from a citizen as the search widened in area, authorities said.

They faced hard terrain, poor visibility and bad weather, including near-freezing temperatures.

"As soon as the deputy stepped out, he heard Casey asking for his mother", Hughes said.

'The terrain was woods. "It was thick in places", added Max Dudley, a volunteer.

Family members were posting on social media about the good news Thursday night.

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