November 1, 2014

Autistic boy found safely

A missing five-year-old autistic boy has been found in rural Pierce County about 18 hours after he was reported missing. Scotty Meyer, who is unable to speak, apparently walked out of his home in rural Oak Grove Township around noon Tuesday.

Hundreds of searchers were out Tuesday on foot, horseback and on ATVs. Pierce County sheriff’s officers and other law enforcement officers continued the search overnight. The missing child was found around eight Wednesday morning.

Greg Moser and his golden retriever “Autumn” found Scotty in a brushy area about a half-mile from his home.

AUDIO: Moser talking to KSTP-TV about discovering Scotty (:13)

Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove called the rescue “incredible.”

Scotty was taken to a hospital in the Prescott area for observation and treatment of dehydration.

Another search for a missing, autistic boy did not have a happy ending. Stoughton police say the body of Jeremiah Conn, 5, was found in a retention pond Tuesday afternoon. His death was ruled accidental drowning.

Jeff Petersen-WIXK contributed to this report