PRESCOTT, Wis. - Pierce County Sheriff's Department says the missing 5-year-old boy with autism Scotty Meyer has been found safe.
Officials says the boy appears to be physically okay. The child was found in a wooded area near the Mississippi River about a 1/2 mile from his home.
"We are grateful to the Pierce County Law Enforcement, volunteers, friends and family for all their support and dedication to helping us find our son," Richard and Barbara Meyer said in a statement on Thursday evening.
Scotty's condition is stable, family says. They say he's sunburned, dehydrated and has bug bites.
The Pierce County Sheriff's Department wants to thank all of the volunteers and searchers.
A spokesperson says that there were about 200 people searching and more than 1,000 volunteers at the high school when the boy was found.
Scotty, a 5-year-old boy with autism who doesn't speak, hadn't been seen since just before noon near his home in Prescott, Wis. on Tuesday.
The Meyer family has three autistic children who were home Tuesday. They say an air conditioner repair man was at the home and two of the children slipped out. One was still in the yard, but Scotty was nowhere to be found.
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