Madison County 3-year-old returns home after hours-long search

Published: Oct. 14, 2018 at 3:43 PM EDT
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The search for a missing 3-year-old girl in Madison County ended early Monday morning when the girl was found safe near her home.

Eden Hines walked away from her home just before 1:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Kentucky State Police. She was seen walking toward Red Lick Road.

Search and rescue crews started their search by doing a thermal scan of the home to see if Eden was hiding. When she wasn't found, they expanded their search to surrounding neighborhoods.

WKYT is told around 1,000 people from search and rescue crews, to volunteers, joined the efforts to look for her.

"Everyone was involved...out of the woods came a lot of the younger generation who lived in these mountains so they were all over this mountain." Neighbor Paul Marcearo said.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office confirmed to WKYT she was found around 4:30 a.m. Monday. Eden was found safe, but she was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Officials say she appeared to be okay and just a little wet from the rain. Overall, they are calling it a miracle.

"Oh we’re going to celebrate, we celebrate every time because it makes me emotional, yes it does that we got this little girl. We thought... it was terrible going through that house with her mother trying to find that child. Seeing that anxiety knowing that we’re helpless unless we work as a team," Keith Everitt of Red Lick Fire Department said.

The family returned home with Eden before noon Monday. They thanked the volunteers who worked to find their daughter.

UPDATE: Eden Hines was found alive early this morning and has been taken to UK Hospital to be checked out. Thank you to...

Posted by Kentucky State Police on Monday, October 15, 2018