Kenneth Howard, the 22-month-old boy who vanished from his family home in Kentucky on Sunday, has been found alive and in “remarkably good condition,” prompting authorities to credit divine intervention for his miraculous survival.
Following a three-day multi-agency search, the 22-month-old was found sitting on a 50-foot rock ledge less than 2,000 feet away from his home in rural Kentucky, reported CBS News affiliate WYMT. Rescuers say they heard the boy crying and found him on a cliff area.
The child was taken quickly by an emergency medical services helicopter to be examined, but while he was dehydrated and exhausted, he appeared otherwise healthy. After he was rescued, Kenneth said repeatedly, “Here all night,” according to rescuers.
Carter Conley, of Magoffin Search and Rescue, said Kenneth’s rescue was nothing short of miraculous: “I told the father that it’s a proud day,” Conley said. “It was a team effort, and God led us in the hands and to move that way.”
“I have been on a lot, and this is one of few that were successful,” he said. “I’m very thankful this one was successful. It was all a team effort.”
Kenneth spent more than 60 hours alone and outside after wandering off from his family’s home on Mother’s Day, according to NBC affiliate WSAZ. A search involving the state police, more than 300 volunteers, helicopters, drones with thermal cameras, off-road vehicles and dogs ultimately returned him safely to his parents.
His father, who told WSAZ he had feared Kenneth had been abducted and offered a $5,000 reward for his return, said his son’s safe recovery was the “best thing that ever happened to me.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett