WILLISBURG, KY (WAVE) - The search is over for a 7-year-old autistic child who had been missing since Saturday. According to Kentucky State Police, Randall Chesser was found alive and well three miles from his Willisburg home. State police say he was cold, wet, hungry and asked if he could go home.
Randall was found around 2:45 p.m. by a ground search team from the Mercer County Fire Department lying on the ground on Coulter Lane in an area commonly known as Glens Creek.
"I asked him if he was okay and he raised up and looked at me," Firefighter Monte Kelly told WAVE 3 News.
He's part of the team of Mercer County Volunteer Firefighters that joined in the massive search effort to find Cheeser.
"I offered him water and crackers and we sat their and ate until everybody showed up," Kelly laughed.
The search effort had friends, family -- even people from Texas joining in the search throughout the weekend on the ground, the air, on 4-wheelers, horseback, and through creeks.
The team that found him say they heard a stick break, and from there, just followed their gut instinct.
"Something just kept telling us stay and when we found his little foot track in his creek we knew it wasn't a deer track," Firefighter Chris Goodlett said.
And time was ticking as a threat was looming above the boy.
"There were buzzards flying around and they never left that child," Goodlett said.
It's news that everyone waited to hear.
"I can't really talk I'm over joy ed poor little thing I don't know if he could survive another night out in that cold," grandmother Maeola Chesser told WAVE 3 News.
Police believe little Randall took off on his own, after playing in his front yard with his brother.
AIR 3 was there as he was taken to Kosair Children's Hospital in Downtown Louisville. He was found near a creek, about 3 miles from his home in Willisburg.
Police never believed there was an abduction so no amber alert was ever issued.
"It's been awful honey ever since Saturday night. Bless his poor little heart but all we had was the lord and praise the lord we got him back bless his heart," Mmaeola Chesser said.
And despite their heroic efforts to find him, those who did actually don't consider themselves heroes; saying they were just in the right place at the right time.
"God saved him, we didn't save him; we're just here," Goodlett said.
Randall was taken by ambulance to the Washington County Airport and then airlifted to Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville to be checked out. Maeola Chesser, Randall's grandmother, was grateful to everyone who helped look for her grandson.
Hundreds took part in the search, including family, friends, strangers, people from other states, and a team from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Officials were concerned that Randall was having to go through rough terrain and heavy overnight rain.