Missing child found safe after hours of searching in Madison County

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MADISON COUNTY, Ind. (FOX59) — The search for a missing 3-year-old in Madison County has ended.

Police said the boy has been found alive and appears to be in good condition. He was located in a ditch.

“The outpouring of mutual aid today was incredible,” Madison County Sheriff Scott Mellinger said. “Regardless of how many hours and how much effort you put in, you couldn’t ask for a better ending.”

Information about Abdul Agboola’s disappearance came out overnight. Later in the morning, a Silver Alert was issued. It has since been canceled. While police initially said the boy was 4 years old, the Silver Alert described him as being 3 years old.

“The young man has been found and appears to be very safe,” Mellinger told reporters in an update just before noon.

“[He] seems to be in great condition,” Mellinger said. “We are having him checked out by paramedics.”

Mellinger said the boy had been “curled up” in a ditch across from the entrance to the subdivision. He may have been there for quite some time, the sheriff said.

Before being found, Abdul was last seen on camera around 1:30 a.m. walking alone from his home in the Springbrook neighborhood. That is on State Road 13 between I-69 and Fortville.

Mellinger says five drones were deployed in the search for the child as well as a helicopter from Indiana State Police.

Officials also confirmed divers from Indianapolis Fire Dept. and other agencies were helping in the search. The area has large retention ponds as well as natural bodies of water.

One of the biggest concerns surrounding the child’s disappearance was the weather.

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