Did a Bear Help Missing Boy Casey Hathaway? His Family Says So

North Carolina Toddler Who Was Missing For 3 Days Says He ‘Hung Out With A Bear

Professional search and rescue crews near Cayton found Casey, FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch said. Deputies said the grandmother and others searched for Casey for about 45 minutes before calling 911.

According to National Weather Service data, the night Casey went missing, temperatures in Craven County were below freezing for roughly six hours.

Casey Hathaway was last seen Tuesday afternoon playing with two other children in his great-grandmother's yard in the town of Ernul, N.C. He didn't come back into the house.

"Areas are flooded and filled with sinkholes, even the trained searchers are having trouble navigating safely", a social media post from the Sheriff's Office said Thursday before Casey found.

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'The terrain was woods. It's just fantastic to see everyone come together to help, ' youth pastor Jonathan Ipock said. What would happen if that was one of their children? As it got darker, it was scary out there. Hundreds of volunteers helped in the effort Tuesday and Wednesday but were told to stay away Thursday for safety reasons because of treacherous terrain and conditions. He says divers are assessing nearby ponds. "I just can't imagine a 3-year-old being out there". Anyone with information that could aid in locating Casey is asked to call the tip line at 252-636-6703, the Craven County Sheriff's office at 252-633-0498, or the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation at 919-662-4500.

Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes said during a Wednesday news conference that the situation was being treated as a missing person's case, though they have not ruled out the possibility of kidnapping. Additional search assets will return in the morning. He was located by professional search and rescue crews off Toler and Aurora Roads.

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.

The boy was found in a wooded location provided in a tip from a citizen as the search widened in area, authorities said.

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