UPDATE: Rescues found Randall Leon Chesser on Monday about three miles from his home and they say the seven-year-old boy, who'd been missing since Saturday, is safe, according to the Associated Press. He was found near a stream and was taken to a hospital to be examined.
Authorities in Kentucky are searching for a 7-year-old autistic boy who vanished from his family home over the weekend and could be in danger, according to state police.
The parents of Randall Leon Chesser said he was last seen at their Willisburg residence Saturday at 6:00 p.m. After searching for several hours, the family contacted police and requested assistance.
"[His siblings] seen him go around the garden with a dolly and he was pushing it around and he got just right out of their sight," Randall's aunt, Lewellyn Chesser, told WTVQ. "[His sister) went to go get him for supper a couple minutes later and he was gone."
Search parties have been looking for Randall by foot, horseback, ATV, helicopter and auto. Local volunteers and several emergency response agencies, including more than 50 cadets from the Kentucky State Police Training Academy, are assisting.
According to police, Randall is autistic and non-verbal.
"He needs us to be his voice and when I don't know where he is or what's wrong with him I can't be his voice," Randall's teacher, Allena Hamilton told WLKY.
"You're not looking for a child who on the street can tell you 'Hey, I'm in a hole, I can't get out.' or 'Hey, I'm under a tree, I'm stuck, I broke my leg.' He can't do that," said Hamilton.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has also joined in the search and are distributing flyers and posters throughout the state. A reverse 911 call to residences within a 27 mile radius was made to over 450 homes. The call contained a message describing Randall and asking citizens to call with any information.
The family of the little boy told WKYT they suspect foul play in his disappearance.
"He won't go by himself, so we think that somebody took him," Lewellyn Chesser said.
Billy Gregory with the Kentucky State Police Department said investigators have found "no evidence" to lead them to suspect an abduction occurred. As a result, the case does not meet the Amber Alert criteria, Gregory said.
MISSING CHILDREN CASES (ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW)
Randall was last seen wearing a light blue hoodie, blue jeans and cowboy boots with spurs. He is a white male, 4' tall, weighing approximately 40 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes and a birthmark in the hairline above his forehead.
The Kentucky State Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 1-800-222-5555. Hunters that have trail cameras in the Rock Run Creek area are asked to review their footage and contact police if they see anything of interest.
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