A toddler missing from a rural area in Kentucky since Sunday has been found alive, according to authorities.
“Thanks to all who prayed, searched and helped in any way!!” a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office read. “This is the best news ever !!!”
Kenneth Howard, who is nearly 2, was last seen outside his home in Salyersville, which is in a rural area with rough, mountainous terrain, on Sunday around 7:30 p.m., Capt. Carter Conley of the Magoffin County Rescue Squad told ABC News.
The child was with his father in the yard at the time, Conley said. After Kenneth’s father turned his back to either go inside or around the side of the home, the toddler was gone, Conley said.
The sheriff’s office announced Wednesday afternoon that Kenneth had been in “remarkably good condition” and is being treated for dehydration. It was not immediately clear from officials’ statements to date where or how the boy was found.
Kenneth was located around 2 p.m. about 1,800 feet from the family’s home near a road used for logging or strip mining after a member of the search crew heard his cries, Kentucky State Trooper William Petry told ABC News. He did not appear to be injured, Petry said.
Authorities are continuing to investigate how Kenneth became lost, but there is no evidence currently to suggest any criminal activity, Petry said.