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Child with autism found safe after massive search in Kershaw County

The sheriff has confirmed that a missing child in Kershaw County has been found and is OK.

KERSHAW COUNTY, S.C. — The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office now says a child with autism who was missing for hours in the Elgin area has been found safe.

The 6-year-old boy had been missing since around 2:50 p.m. and was last seen in a wooded area in the 800 block of Barfield Road not far from Sessions Road.

And as the search continued hour by hour, the search area grew wider - and so did the pool of volunteers and law enforcement joining in on the search. The crowds became so large that the sheriff, at one point, had to ask volunteers not to come to the immediate search area and instead spread out and search broader areas and even their own property and surveillance cameras.

K-9 units and a helicopter were also assisting in the search as well as volunteers on horseback. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as they become available.

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