Missing boy, 3, found alive in North Carolina

Posted January 26, 2019

Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes said Casey was one of three kids being watched by his grandmother, but he stayed out when two came indoors. Searchers responding to tip had heard Casey calling for his mother Thursday and the Chocowinity EMS captain subsequently found him around 50 yards (45 meters) into the woods, entangled in briars.

Hathaway is receiving medical treatment for cuts and scrapes at Carolina East Medical Center, said Shelley Lynch, spokeswoman for the FBI Charlotte field office.

Authorities said the boy appeared to be in good health and was being evaluated at a hospital.

The family of a 3-year-old boy from North Carolina claimed that he was protected by a bear while missing for three days.

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

"We are doing everything we can to find this child, utilizing all resources at our disposal and once again, we want these folks in the Cayton Community and Ernul Community to certainly keep an ear out", Hughes said, according to WCTI-TV.

Anyone with information can call the sheriff's office at 252-633-0498 or the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation at 919-662-4500.

The FBI, NCIS, dozens of volunteers and the US Marine Corps also joined the effort to find the boy, Hughes said. Temperatures in Craven County reached the mid-30s overnight Tuesday. Some volunteers had to be turned away because of the hard conditions search teams are facing.

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Hughes said his team was concerned about the "extreme cold" as temperatures dipped near freezing, but against all odds, they found him.

"We're not giving up", added the county's emergency management coordinator, Stanley Kite. Volunteers were even turned away for Thursday's search because of safety concerns.

'Additional search assets will return in the morning.

The sheriff's office has also asked people to check their property, cars and storage sheds for Casey.

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"It's heartbreaking. I have two children so I can only imagine what the family is going through and we're a small community so you don't really expect anything bad to happen here", Jonathan Ipock, youth pastor of New Haven Church, told WTVD.