BATH COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - After an intense search that went on for nearly ten hours, a missing central Kentucky boy is found safe.
From early morning until late afternoon, rescue crews, relatives and neighbors scoured the Pickshein Road area near Owingsville searching for 10-year-old Timothy “TJ” Anderson.
Officials say early Thursday morning, Anderson ran away from his foster parents’ home without his shoes on and still wearing his pajamas.
It wasn't long before rescue crews from several other counties showed up to assist in the search and that night, just before the clock struck six, Anderson was finally found unharmed.
“He heard the four wheelers and people hollering for him but he stayed hidden so we have been searching all day for someone who was hiding from us,” said Bath County Emergency Management Director Stephanie Stewart.
Neighbors tell us the boy was found hiding in a shack and even though crews searched over several acres, the shack is actually located less than a mile away from the boy's house.
“I just want to thank everybody. It means a lot because when you lose a child it is hard so when you have friends and family and people who care…we really appreciate it,” said Anderson’s grandmother, Lowana Evans.
And although this isn't Anderson’s first time running away, his family certainly hopes it will be his last.