3-year-old boy found alive after being missing for 2 days in North Carolina

ERNUL, N.C. — The mother of a 3-year-old boy who was missing for two days before he was found alive in North Carolina says he’s doing well and “already asked to watch Netflix.”

News outlets report the man who found Casey Lynn Hathaway spoke at a news conference Thursday night, alongside Brittany Hathaway and Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes.

Shane Grier said searchers responding to a tip heard Casey calling for his mother. Grier found him around 50 yards (45 metres) into the woods, entangled in briars (prickly scrambling shrubs).

PHOTO GALLERY BELOW: The search for missing 3-year-old Casey Lynn Hathaway

Search teams looked for missing 3-year-old Casey Lynn Hathaway near wooded areas off of Toler Road and Aurora Road in Cayton, N.C., Jan. 23, 2019.

Britney and Chris Hathaway, parents of Casey Lynn Hathaway, thank everyone involved in helping to find their missing son during a news conference on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in New Bern, N.C.

Volunteers and search teams were co-ordinated by officials at a staging area at New Haven FWB Church Activity Center in Ernul, N.C., Jan. 23, 2019.

The Craven County Sheriff’s Office led the search and investigation.

Search teams looked for missing 3-year-old Casey Lynn Hathaway in thickets and wooded areas off of Toler Road and Aurora Road near Cayton, N.C., Jan. 23, 2019.

Search teams looked for missing 3-year-old Casey Lynn Hathaway near wooded areas off of Aurora Road near Cayton, N.C., Jan. 23, 2019.

Search teams looked for missing 3-year-old Casey Lynn Hathaway in thickets and wooded areas off of Toler Road and Aurora Road near Cayton, N.C., Jan. 23, 2019.

SARTECH personnel Robert Lowry, at left, with search dog Peter Podimus, and Jack James made preparations at a staging area at New Haven FWB Church Activity Center in Ernul, N.C., Jan. 23, 2019.

Hughes believes Casey had moved around before ending up where he was found, not far from the house from which he went missing on Tuesday.

The boy was playing with two other children in his grandmother’s backyard in Ernul on Tuesday, but didn’t come inside with them.

Authorities had been concerned that Casey wasn’t adequately dressed for the cold temperatures. He was found wearing his jacket, still zipped up.

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