CRAVEN COUNTY, North Carolina –
Three-year-old Casey Hathaway was involved in vegetation and called for his mother when EMS Captain Shane Grier and another rescuer found him in the woods on Thursday.
"We got him out at once because the conditions were very cold and picked him up to warm him up." "He got more and more appealing the further we got him out."
Grier said they were going over a hint about a voice in the woods. Grier pulled Casey out of the vegetation and other rescuers came in to take the boy to safety.
WATCH: The Savior who found Casey speaks to ABC11
There was enough vegetation to keep him in place, Grier said. [1
– Gloria Rodriguez January 25, 2019
Casey had spent more than two days on her own , Partly at temperatures below freezing. He was found half a kilometer from the house of his great-grandmother from the Craven district. There he was reported missing on Tuesday afternoon after two children he played with had gone in without him.
Grier admits that he fears that Casey will not survive long in rough terrain and cold temperatures alone.
He was relieved when he saw the boy.
"He made some very bad conditions due to the weather," Grier said. Everything was wet, it's just not a good situation for everyone, even a trained professional would have difficulty in this environment. "
"Welcome Home Casey". This sign at Kitt Swamp Christian Church in Craven County shows how happy the community is that three-year-old Casey Hathaway was taken to safety. The place where he disappeared and was found is not far from here. # ABC11 pic.twitter.com/vuiIfb6em6
– Gloria Rodriguez (@ GloriaABC11) January 25, 2019
Casey's aunt, Breanna Hathaway, said, "When we last Receiving News During the night, when Casey was found, I reached for his little sister and said, "Aunt Bre, Jesus helped us find Casey."
Family friend Heather Garris said Casey has some scratches and his hands and feet are swollen, but that he'll be fine.
"It's a really overwhelming feeling that he's back and alive," Garris said, "I know the whole community is really shocked. It's an eye-opener, definitely a miracle – believing in miracles because I've seen them happen now. "
The community is pleased that Casey was found safe.
On Friday night, the activity center hosted the New Haven Church held a celebration.
"The food was donated. Various shops come by and say we should help. We want to do something, "said assistant pastor Jonathan Ipock.
Prayers and songs were raised in gratitude and praise for Casey's safe return, and he recovered in a new Bern hospital.
" We looked at the news in the social Media, and Casey saw his picture and he said, "Auntie Bre, that's me!" I said: "Casey, all these people have been looking for you and trying to find you. & # 39; And he goes "yay", Breanna Hathaway said.
Grier said the church had come together to find Hathaway and pray for him. He said he believed a higher power had come.
"Someone took care of him," Grier said. "That was God at work."