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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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