Kentucky toddler, missing since Sunday, found alive

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MAGOFFIN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVO) — A toddler who went missing in eastern Kentucky Sunday night has been found alive, clinging to a cliffside.

According to WYMT, 22-month-old Kenneth Howard was reported missing Sunday night by his family.

Search crews had been looking near a strip mine in Floyd County on Wednesday when, just before 2 p.m., searchers heard him crying and located the boy on a 50 foot incline.

Kenneth was 1,755 feet from home. Officials were amazed that he got as far as he did, WYMT reported. 

“Over terrain, I would not, in fact I can’t, even as a young man I don’t think I’d even attempt it,” said an official. “That child is a true Kentucky mountain boy.”

Magoffin County Rescue Squad Chief Carter Conley says crews searched all night for the boy before taking a break Monday morning to regroup. 

Crews have been using a drone with thermal imaging to help with the search effort and plan to use dogs when efforts resume.

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