UPDATE: Missing toddler found in eastern Kentucky

(WVVA) A Kentucky toddler who went missing Sunday evening has been found alive.

According to the Kentucky State Police, the 22-month-old boy was found near a strip mine in Floyd County, Kentucky, which borders Magoffin County.

The child was taken to a medical center for examination.

The case remains under investigation.

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SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Officials have widened the search area for a 22-month-old boy who disappeared Sunday evening from his rural Kentucky home.

News outlets report Magoffin County Emergency Management Director Robert Prater says the original search area was a half-mile radius from the home but is now about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) and includes an old, overgrown mining operation.

Magoffin County Search and Rescue Chief Carter Conley says crews are using dogs, ATVs, helicopters and drones with thermal cameras to search the rugged terrain.

Kentucky State Police spokesman William Petry says there’s no evidence of foul play and a kidnapping would be odd in such a rural area, but police aren’t ruling out anything.

The boy’s father, Elden Howard, says he is offering a $5,000 reward for the child’s safe return.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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