Missing boy, 3, found alive in North Carolina

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North Carolina police officers recruited the public's help in finding a 3-year-old boy who went missing from a relative's home.

Hathaway's family noticed he was missing Tuesday when he didn't come inside his grandmother's home after playing outside with two other kids.

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

Almost 600 volunteers had participated in a search for Casey earlier this week, mulling through wooded areas in brutally cold temperatures for signs of the young boy. "We just want to tell everybody that we're very thankful that you took the time out to come search for Casey and prayed for him".

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

Facing heavy rain, gusty winds and low visibility, rescuers and law enforcement combed the hard Craven County, North Carolina, terrain - focusing on up to 1,000 acres of heavily wooded areas.

Hathaway was found on Thursday night by a professional search and rescue team in Craven County, Shelley Lynch, a spokesperson for the FBI Charlotte field office, said in a news release.

The US Marine Corps also joined the search effort, Hughes said.

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"The terrain was woods".

Dozens of volunteers gathered early Wednesday to help search for the boy. What would happen if that was one of their children? He says divers are assessing nearby ponds. Volunteers were sent home for the night due to safety concerns.

'Additional search assets will return in the morning.

Since "no tip is insignificant", the sheriff implored anyone with even the smallest bit of information to call (252) 636 - 6703.

Casey is 28 inches tall, weighs 25 pounds and has blond hair and brown eyes.

Law enforcement urged members of the community to check their property for the little boy, as well as any storage sheds, vehicles and other structures in the area.

Casey was found about 50 yards into the woods - a little more than a quarter of a mile away from where he went missing, Hughes said, adding that he believed the boy had been wandering through the area.

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