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Missing North Carolina 3-year-old Casey Lynn Hathaway found alive

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Posted at 10:18 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 22:22:39-05

CRAVEN COUNTY, N.C. -- Three-year-old Casey Lynn Hathaway has been found alive in North Carolina, according to Shelley Lynch, a spokeswoman for FBI Charlotte field office.

Casey was found by professional search and rescue crews on Thursday night. He is in "good health," according to officials.

Hundreds of volunteers are helping authorities search for the 3-year-old North Carolina boy last seen playing near his grandmother's home.

Prior to being found, the 3-year-old was last seen at about 1 p.m. on Tuesday playing with two other kids in the backyard of his grandmother's home.

Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes said earlier Thursday they were working around the clock and navigating rugged and difficult terrain in search of Casey.

Casey is in good health and is talking. The sheriff's office said he was being evaluated by doctors at Carolina East Medical Center Thursday night.

Craven County Sheriff's Office issued a statement on Thursday night:

"Casey has been found alive. He was located by professional search and rescue crews off Toler and Aurora Roads. He is in good health, is talking and being evaluated by doctors at Carolina East Medical Center. He is with his family. Thank you all for helping us"