Alaska State Troopers and FBI say the missing 8-year-old boy from Eagle River has been found.
Missing child in Eagle River has been found https://t.co/OmlD2xbLuP
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The boy’s mother says her son was wandering around for at least eight hours before he was found in a house about a mile away from their home. She said he got tired and found a house with an unlocked door, so he went inside, found some toys and was playing until he was found around 1 a.m.
“The people were asleep, they heard some noise, they got up and found a little boy sitting on the floor playing with some toys. They quickly called 911,” the boy’s mom, Kelly Ott, said.
“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for dedicating your time and your energy and sharing the love for Keegan and being able to assist in looking for him,” Ott said. “We really just appreciate everybody’s help.”
Ott says her son suffered a few scrapes and mosquito bites but that he will be just fine.
“I could drop to my knees and thank God right now,” one volunteer said as soon as she heard the news. “We’ve been praying non-stop for this little boy.”
The 8-year-old boy went missing late Friday afternoon. Sergent Victor Dragano said his mother called Anchorage Police Department around 5:36 p.m. when family members and neighbors couldn’t find him.
Immediately, residents from Eagle River and in Anchorage joined together to help. Hundreds of volunteers searched for hours looking for him – going through the woods and going door-to-door.
Delaney Glenn said she heard about the search through a Facebook post and wanted to help. She said the outpouring of support from volunteers and law enforcement in the search is what makes Eagle River home.
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“This is my favorite part about living in a small community, you know,” Glenn said. “Everybody bands together.”
K-9s and Alaska Mountain Rescue also helped with the search. A helicopter was also called in.
Reported by KTVA 11’s Steffi Lee