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(Mountain Home) – A missing 12-year-old autistic boy was found safely Sunday evening after he walked away from his home into a wooded area in the Salesville community.

The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office was notified that the child was missing around 6:20 PM on Sunday, April 29. Several deputies responded to the area, and the Sheriff’s Office helicopter was launched to assist with the search for the child.

Tracking dogs from the North Central Unit – Arkansas Department of Corrections were summoned for assistance. Slightly less than one hour later, at 8:34 PM, the child was found in a heavily wooded area by the tracking dogs. He was checked by medical personnel and was unharmed. He was returned home at 9:24 PM.

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