Missing toddler from eastern Ky. found safe, taken to hospital for evaluation

MAGOFFIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) -- UPDATE 5/15/19 @ 4:05 p.m.
A toddler who was found safely Wednesday on a 50-foot cliff has been taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital to be evaluated, rescue crew officials say.

Kenneth Howard, who is 22 months old, was found unharmed after being missing from his home in Magoffin County since 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Photo credit: Ritter Mortimer (Salyersville Independent)
Overall, Kenneth Howard, who's 22 months old, is doing well. Crews say dehydration was their main concern. Kenneth had been missing since around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Rescue crews found him sitting on a 50-foot rock outcropping on old mine property, about 1,755 feet from where Kenneth disappeared from his home in Magoffin County. The rescue scene is in the Hueysville area near the Floyd/Magoffin County line.

While Kentucky State Police are still investigating the circumstances of how Kenneth went missing, his family said they believe he may have walked out the back door of their home.

As crews got close to Kenneth, they heard crying. After he was rescued, he said repeatedly, "Here all night," according to Clay Corbett with East Kentucky Trackers.

Crews were able to climb up to the outcropping and carry Kenneth up about another 75 yards. No rescue basket was needed. Rescuers said they could see where Kenneth had slid down to where he was trapped.

Crews with the Prestonsburg and Belfry fire departments and Floyd County Rescue were among rescue groups from Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee who found Kenneth.

An extensive search effort has been underway all week. It involved helicopters, drones with thermal cameras, K-9 search teams, off-road vehicles and others searching on foot.

UPDATE 5/15/19 @ 2:45 p.m.
A missing child from Magoffin County was found safely by rescue crews Wednesday, although he was in a potentially deadly situation, rescue crews say.
Kenneth Howard was found on a 50-foot cliff along Raccoon Road in the Hueysville area, according to Magoffin Rescue Squad Director Carter Conley. Rescue crews heard crying and used a basket to get to Kenneth, who's only 22 months old.

Kenneth was found about 1,755 feet from home on old mine property near the Floyd/Magoffin County line. Family members say they believe he may have walked out the back door of the home.

Other than some dehydration, Kenneth is said to doing OK. A helicopter was sent to fly him to a pediatric trauma center.

An extensive search effort has been underway all week. It involved helicopters, drones with thermal cameras, K-9 search teams, off-road vehicles and others searching on foot.