Missing 22-month-old Kenneth Howard has been found alive but dehydrated.
As previously reported by Dearly, the toddler slipped out of his back door while his dad was on the front porch of his eastern Kentucky home talking to a friend.
The family searched for Howard, a curious and active little boy, for about 60 minutes before calling police on Sunday evening.
The child was found on Wednesday, May 15, “thanks to all those who prayed” and thanks to the help of search teams, said the Magoffin County Sheriff’s Office.
Additional details are being released by the department at a later time, but the child was recovered safely after his disappearance. There’s been no evidence of a kidnapping or foul play.
The boy’s father, Elden Howard, offered a $5,000 reward for anyone who brought his son home, reports WYMT.
He told the outlet:
“I would just like to see him come home safe. I guess it’s adrenaline. I can’t rest, can’t eat. I’ve ate one bologna sandwich since Sunday.”
According to WKYT, the search for Kenneth was called off on Monday without any sign of the boy, then resumed Tuesday.
The 22-month-old was found alive nearly three days after wandering away from his home just before 2 p.m. today, reports WYMT.
After searching “everywhere” and nothing “showing up,” somebody picked up the boy in a strip mine in Floyd County, which is about a mile from the family’s home.
He’s been taken to a pediatric trauma center by helicopter. The sheriff’s department wrote on Facebook:
According to Captain Carter Conley of the Magoffin Co Rescue Squad, he is alive, he is being attended by medics for dehydration, but is in remarkably good condition. Thanks to all who prayed, searched and helped in any way!! This is the best news ever !!!
Police said the case remains under investigation.
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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.