Updated 08/07/2012 09:22 PM
Missing child found safe
The family of a two-year-old autistic boy is breathing a sigh of relief after police brought him home safe. State Police say two-year old Mickael Gray wandered away from his home on Bacon Hill Road in the Town of Spafford around noon Tuesday. Our Katie Gibas reports.
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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- It's every parent's worst nightmare when their child disappears. And that's what happened around noon Tuesday when two-year-old autistic Mickael Gray wandered out of his Spafford home.
"Sickening. Sickening. Where do I look first? He can't communicate. You don't know how far he can go. What is he capable of?" said Kim Gray, Mickael's mother.
It took dozens of law enforcement officials, emergency crews and volunteers over three hours to find Mickael. There was a major land, air and sea search for the two-year-old.
"We had fire departments all the way from Cayuga County, Oswego County and search and rescue crews, K-9 crews. We had Air One. We had helicopters and we had marine patrol. So we had the ground, air and water covered," said Jack Keller, a New York State Police Trooper.
Gray added, "The amount of support that was here helping, overwhelming, beautiful. Every man and woman involved, both civilian, police, fire, emergency rescue. Everyone was out here doing 100 percent."
Just before four, Trooper Joseph House found Mickael about a quarter of a mile away from the home on Bacon Hill Road, about 100 yards into the heavily wooded area.
"Usually, it's not always a great ending for us when we get involved. And for somebody to be missing for that many hours, it looks like three or four hours, and find them safe, it's an excellent day for us," said Keller.
As for Mickael, aside from a few scratches from spending the afternoon in the woods, he wasn't injured.
"Just hold him a lot. Just be really thankful that this is over and that it ended well," said Gray.
And after a peanut butter and jelly sandwich from mom, Mickael seems to be doing just fine.