Cole Evans: 7-year-old Phoenix boy found safe Sunday morning

SELIGMAN, AZ - A 7-year-old boy, missing since Saturday morning, has been found safe and sound according to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

Cole Evans was last seen at his grandmother's house outside of Seligman, Ariz. around 10 a.m.

YCSO officials said Cole's family, including his grandmother, were inside the home when he went outside to play. After a few minutes passed, they went outside to check on him, and he was nowhere to be found.

YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said Cole was found around 11:45 a.m. Sunday morning about 1.5 miles from his grandmother's home.

Cole was spotted underneath a trailer by two Seligman search volunteers.

He was transported to the police command post and then reunited with his family at their home.

DPS paramedics examined Cole and concluded he was in good condition and did not need further medical treatment.

Detectives are investigating exactly what happened to Cole, and how he survived the 15 degree overnight temperatures.

D'Evelyn said the boy apparently wandered off to explore and got lost. Cole told deputies he was aware of the helicopters overnight, but it was when he saw the two rescuers drive by that he knew to run to them for safety.

D'Evelyn said more than 100 ground search team members and air support teams were looking for Cole.

Before calling YCSO, neighbors and family searched the area around the house but decided to call YCSO just before noon on Saturday.

The Evans family lives in the Phoenix area and was visiting a relative's vacation home in the Seligman area. This was the third day of their visit. The sheriff's office said the boy has form of autism.

According to YCSO, there is no evidence of foul play.


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