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Lost 10-Year-Old Kyle Camp Kept Warm By Puppies

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A 10-year-old boy with Down Syndrome from Hackleburg, Ala., who'd been lost in the woods for over 18 hours, survived with the body heat from four puppies.

Kyle Camp went missing around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. His parents searched for the lost boy unsuccessfully for two hours before they called the police.

Dozens of volunteers and the sheriff's department searched for the boy all night. At one point, at least 150 volunteers were searching for Camp, reported WAFF.

The surrounding fire departments and Hackleburg police also joined in the search. A state trooper helicopter was also brought in to scan the mile and a half perimeter that the sheriff's department had set up.

According to WHNT News, the area surrounding Camp's house is very wooded and includes several hunting camps. But authorities believed Camp would not have made it very far.

Finally, Wednesday morning around 9:30 a.m. -- 18 hours after he went missing -- two searchers followed Camp's family dog along a creek in thick brush and found Camp huddled with four puppies.

"I heard the dogs barking again and followed him down there and started hollering for the puppies and I hollered for him and he hollered back. He was in the creek about a half a mile over the ridge," one of the searchers, Jamie Swinney, told WBRC News.

Officials said Camp was wet and had no shoes. They think the puppies kept him warm overnight.

According to the Examiner, it is believed that Tuesday night Camp left his home in Marion County and followed his puppies along a creek until he got lost.

Camp was treated for minor scrapes and bruises at a hospital in Hamilton.

His brother Chris Bailey stopped to thank the friends and perfect strangers who helped bring Camp home, reported WBRC.

"It was amazing how many people came together to look, because we couldn't have gotten it all on our own. It's just amazing the community is that close to each other," Bailey said.

Correction: A headline elsewhere on the site incorrectly identified Kyle Camp as autistic.

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Filed by Sarah Medina