A 3-year-old boy who was found miraculously alive after being lost in the woods in North Carolina for two days told his parents and the police that he was hanging out with a bear.
The little boy, Casey Hathaway, wandered away from his grandmother’s yard in Ernul, North Carolina, while playing with two other kids. He was found alive two days later near where he vanished after a massive search effort throughout the area all healthy and well.
On Friday, his aunt Breanna Hathaway wrote on Facebook that her 3-year-old
nephew was healthy, smiling, and talking. “He said he hung out with a bear for
two days. God sent him a friend to keep him safe. God is good God. Miracles do
happen.” Breanna Hathaway wrote.
Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes said at a news conference that search crews found Casey wet, cold and tangled in vines, but not seriously injured.
Hughes said, “The little fella is happy and his parents are very happy as well… When he saw his little sister, had a big smile on his face.”
“He didn’t really get into… how he was able to survive and all that.. he did say that he had a friend in the woods who was a bear, that was with him for two days…But the look on his face when his little sister came in, it was tear-jerking. A lot of emotions, a lot of prayers were answered.”
Casey’s mother, Brittany Hathaway, said at a news conference, after thanking search crews, “He’s up and talking. He’s already asked to watch Netflix, so he’s good, he’s good.”
She also said the family would set up a post office box to handle the huge amounts of support for the 3-year-old. “We appreciate the thoughts but we do want to recognize that everyone wants to get Casey a stuff little bear and although we absolutely love that remember that he can only take home so many.” Breanna wrote on Facebook.