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

Arturo Kim
January 26, 2019

Casey had been missing since Tuesday, when he wandered from his grandmother's yard while playing with other children, said the Craven County Sheriff's Office in a Facebook post.

Casey's family was overjoyed he had been found safe and alive after two days on his own.

Multiple news outlets report the man who found Casey Lynn Hathaway spoke at a news conference Thursday night, alongside Brittany Hathaway and Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes.

The search is on for a 3-year-old boy who disappeared from the backyard of his grandmother's North Carolina home, police said.

"We lost my. grandson", said Casey's great-grandmother on the call, CNN affiliate WCTI reported.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Craven County Sheriff's Office at 252-633-0498 or the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation at 919-662-4500.

"I don't think the child was adequately clothed to be out in this", Sheriff Chris Hughes told WBTV.

On Thursday morning he was found by a professional rescue crew.

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Casey was playing outside with two other kids Tuesday afternoon before he vanished.

"We don't want to make an incident into another incident", Joe Monette of the North Carolina Forest Service had said. Volunteers were sent home for the night due to safety concerns.

The New Bern Sun Journal says the 25-pound boy "was wet, cold, and scratched up.but speaking" when found by rescuers who waded through "waist-deep" water.

The US Marine Corps also has also joined the search effort, Hughes said. "He's already asked to watch Netflix, so he's good", she said at the press conference.

But when he was found, the sheriff's office said he was in good health.

"Thank you everybody for coming out, all the prayers", Casey's father said Thursday.

"The terrain was woods".

Searchers met again at 8 a.m. Thursday to continue looking for Casey, but only professionals were used because of the unsafe weather conditions, officials said. "Some places it wasn't that thick, but we took our time and you see the next person, and you look and you look and you look".

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