Missing autistic child found alive

Two volunteers with the Mercer County Fire Department found Randall Chesser around 3:00pm Monday after an intense three-day search.

From the very beginning, Chesser's family never gave up hope the autistic child would be found. Randall was not only found, but was alive and well. It was welcome news for the hundreds of volunteers, like Jonathan Woolums, who spent days searching for the little boy. "When you see the ambulance, you know, I got a tear on my hand."

Woolums was at the local elementary school when the news came down. I "get a call, just everybody started screaming that they found him." The good news traveled quickly to the others still searching and hoping. "We just heard someone scream he was found. Oh yeah, my heart just let out, I've known the boy his whole life." At the height of the search authorities say as many as 600 people were looking for Chesser.

When he was found we're told the first thing Randall said was "I want to go home". First he's being checked out at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville. He is doing well and is expected to be okay.

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  • by Deborah Location: Lancaster on Sep 28, 2011 at 11:49 PM
    I prayed for this little fella and asked God to watch over him and keep him safe until he could be rescued. I knew the Lord would answer my prayer, and he did indeed. I am so thankful that this little guy was found alive and is doing well. I understand he is anxious to go home. Thanks be to God, and all those who searched for him. It is just amazing what prayers and positive people can do. Thanks to all!!!
  • by Bill Location: Prestonsbutg on Sep 27, 2011 at 03:41 PM
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      by lisa on Sep 28, 2011 at 11:11 AM in reply to Bill
  • by Tracy Location: Lexington on Sep 27, 2011 at 03:08 PM
    It is such a relief to see a positive out come on a story, where we usually expect the worst, & are terrified until there is closure... God Bless this little man & his Family
  • by Lisa Location: Flemingsburg, KY on Sep 27, 2011 at 04:56 AM
    WHERE was he found? I don't see the answer to that question anywhere.
  • by michelle Location: jackson on Sep 26, 2011 at 07:03 PM
    thank god and all the hard working people that helped out. so happy is home safe with is family. god bless you all!!!
  • by Sarah Location: Ky on Sep 26, 2011 at 06:43 PM
    God hears and answers prayers ! Praise God !!!
  • by Tiffany Location: Louisville on Sep 26, 2011 at 06:13 PM
    Donna, I can see why you might feel that way, but if you know anything about autistic children, you know that they are not as verbal, and don't always respond when being called. Searching outdoors for a missing child is hard enough finding a missing autistic child is even harder.
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      by lisa on Sep 28, 2011 at 11:10 AM in reply to Tiffany
      i agree it is harder to find a child with special needs than a normal child even thow they may seem normal people just dont under stand thing like that it like. u tell u child not to speek to strangers unless they know the pass word ok if he/she is lost more than likely their not going to go up to a stranger and say i'm lost.i've got a chils with cp. and he is deaf mute what then we pull out all stops for all childern and the eldery
  • by Angela Location: Mackville on Sep 26, 2011 at 06:12 PM
    How wonderful!!! Thanks to God and all the rescue workers!!! What a great community to come together for this family.
  • by Shannan Location: mackville ky on Sep 26, 2011 at 02:13 PM
    So glad he was found safe!!
  • by Tony Location: Berea on Sep 26, 2011 at 02:09 PM
    Yes!! Best news I've heard all day!!!
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