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Weekend Reads'Best news ever': Toddler missing since Sunday found alive

19:41  16 may  2019
19:41  16 may  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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A toddler missing from a rural area in Kentucky since Sunday has been found alive , according to authorities. 22-month-old found alive after multi- day search. Chief Michael Brown of the Prestonburg Fire Department speaks out on "GMA" alongside other rescuers who "This is the best news ever !!!"

The toddler had been missing since Sunday has been found alive , according to authorities. Missing Kentucky toddler found . ABC News Videos May 15, 2019.

'Best news ever': Toddler missing since Sunday found alive© Ritter Mortimer/Mortimer Media, Salyersville Independent Missing toddler Kenneth Howard was found on May 15, 2019, after he'd been missing for more than three days, authorities said.

A toddler missing from a rural area in Kentucky since Sunday has been found alive, authorities said.

Crews were out searching for Kenneth Howard, nearly 2 years old, and took a break to check in with each other on Wednesday when one firefighter said he thought he heard cries, Prestonsburg Fire Department Chief Michael Brown told "Good Morning America."

"We all got quiet and started calling the child’s name, and at different times, sporadically, he would give us a cry and we had to try to pinpoint his location," Brown said. "We got three or four cries from him, and two of the guys made their way back up the hill and he was sitting up at top of a little flat there."

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Search and Rescue Team reports a 22-month old child missing since Sunday has been found . Kenneth Neil Howard is said to be in good condition and is being flown to a Pediatric Trauma Center to be checked out. We are so happy to report the 22 month old child has been found and is alive .

Kenneth was found “in the area of a strip mine in Floyd County, which is on the border of Magoffin County,” from which the boy disappeared, according to the Authorities are searching for a Kentucky toddler who vanished on Sunday , and the boy’s father speculated he might have been abducted.

Brown said he was "surprisingly" in good condition, adding, "A couple of us felt he was in better condition than we were after we made it up the hill."

The chief spoke with a doctor caring for Kenneth Wednesday evening, who told him, "He was in good spirits, looked good, he was eating some animal crackers, drinking some apple juice."

"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 !!!"

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Kenneth 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.

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He was found at the bottom of a 50-foot incline at the mine; they rescued him using a rope and basket. 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 This is the best news ever !!!”

— Authorities announced a wonderful update in the disappearance of a Kentucky toddler who had been The Magoffin County Sheriff’s Office had been looking for 22-month-old Kenneth Howard since Sunday Thanks to all who prayed, searched and helped in any way!! This is the best news ever !!!”

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.

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Authorities are continuing to investigate how Kenneth became lost, but there is no evidence currently to suggest any criminal activity, Petry said.

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