BYRON CENTER, Mich. (WOOD) - A 12-year-old boy with autism who disappeared late Tuesday night was located safe Wednesday morning.
A dairy farmer saw Quenton Moomey around 7:30 a.m. in the farmer's pasture in the 9200 block of 92nd Street SW in Byron Center, about a mile from the child's home.
The farmer heard his cows acting strangely, and when he went to check on them he found Quenton wandering in the field nearby. The farmer then called police.
24 Hour News 8 was at the Moomeys' home when Quenton was reunited with his loved ones.
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"I'm just glad he's back home. I just want to thank everyone who helped find him. It was a long night," Julie Moomey, Quenton's mom, told 24 Hour News 8.
Quenton disappeared around 11 p.m. Tuesday near 84th Street and Byron Center Avenue SW, near his family's mobile home on Belvedere Street, police told 24 Hour News 8.
Julie said her son was in their Byron Center Mobile Village residence and then went outside, and that is when he disappeared.
A neighbor then spotted him in the nearby park, police said.
Kent County sheriff's deputies, a police K-9 unit, the Kent County RACES Search and Rescue Team, members of the Byron Township Fire Department and a Michigan State Police helicopter aided in the search efforts.
The superintendent of Byron Center Public Schools prepared the district's e-messenger system to send out a mobile alert to families in the area.
"It's a young man from the community and they know him. His siblings go to the schools here, so we want to do all we can to help out," superintendent Dan Takens told 24 Hour News 8 during the search.
Quenton was wearing a T-shirt and pajama pants when he disappeared. He had shed his wet clothes in the heat overnight. But other than a scrape on a leg, he was just fine.
"He said he was sleepwalking. I asked him where he went and if he was scared, and he said, 'Yes,' and he said he was sleepwalking," said the boy's mom.
"I'm going to go hug him and clean him and make sure he doesn't do this again," said Julie.
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