By Glenn Collins
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 | 2:10 PM
|Family, friends, rescue personnel and searchers gather around an RPS ambulance before 10-year-old Kyle Camp is transported.|
10-year-old Kyle Camp was safe and sound with his family Wednesday after spending Tuesday night near a creek, with his puppies, about one-half mile southeast of his family home.
Searchers found Camp down a ravine. Jamie Swinney, a volunteer searcher from Belgreen, said that he followed the sound of the puppies' mother and called out for Camp. Camp called back around 10:30 AM Wednesday, aproximately 18 hours since wandering away from his home.
Marion County EMA Director Jimmy Mills said Camp was “tired but he seemed to be okay.” RPS transported Camp to be checked out by medical personnel. His parents went with him. Camp was checked at North Mississippi Medical Center in Hamilton and released.
The child, who has Down syndrome, was discovered missing Wednesday around 5 PM from his family home in the 1800-block of Marion County Highway 48, according to Chris Bailey, Camp's oldest sibling. Bailey said that the family searched until dark, then called 9-1-1 for help. To all the searchers Bailey said, “Thank you, thank you so much. It's amazing that we can all come together like this.”
9-1-1 notified Mills just before 7 PM. He called in the Alabama State Trooper helicopter out of Cullman and search dogs to assist. The dogs were unable to detect a scent.
Mills said that up to 150 searchers worked through the night, but the search was halted at 5 AM Wednesday. The search resumed at 7 AM. Mills said that firefighters and rescue personnel from almost every fire department in Marion County became involved in the search. Marion County Sheriff's Office personnel, Hackleburg Police, Haleyville Fire Department, Haleyville Rescue Squad, State Troopers and ABC Agents were also involved, as well as many civilians.
Mills said, “I can't thank everybody enough for coming out; that's what it's all about in (Marion) County, people care about people and they come out and help one another.”