3-year-old missing for more than 24 hours in Eastern Kentucky found alive

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A three-year-old Knott County girl missing for more than 24 hours was found alive at 6:33 p.m. Wednesday and was receiving medical treatment, Kentucky State Police said.

“Madlyn has been found and is safe!” a police Facebook post said.

Police said in a news release that a volunteer called police at 6:33 p.m saying that they had located Madlyn Clawson.

“Troopers responded to the area and confirmed that it was Madlyn Clawson. Madlyn was transported by ambulance to be treated for superficial scratches and other possible injuries sustained from enduring the elements,” police said.

At least a half-dozen public agencies searched for the Eastern Kentucky toddler after she walked away from her family’s home Tuesday afternoon, according to Kentucky State Police.

The Troublesome Creek Times said in a Facebook post only that the child had been found near a sports complex in Knott County..

Madlyn went missing from her family’s home in the area of Bolen Cemetery Road in Knott County, Trooper Matthew Gayheart said. She was reported missing around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday , prompting dozens of officials to respond and search the area with police dogs and helicopters.

“We conducted an extensive search up until late last night where the weather caused the aircraft to have to pull out,” Gayheart said Wednesday.

But after the weather grounded the aircraft search, officials still searched on foot. State police, the Knott County sheriff’s office, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, multiple search and rescue teams and multiple volunteer fire departments assisted in the search.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife joined the effort because the search area is heavily-wooded, Gayheart said. The Department of Fish and Wildlife had access to vehicles better-suited for the terrain.

Kentucky State Police are searching for 3-year-old Madlyn Clawson, who went missing from her residence on Bolen Cemetery Road in the Garrett Community of Knott County.
Kentucky State Police are searching for 3-year-old Madlyn Clawson, who went missing from her residence on Bolen Cemetery Road in the Garrett Community of Knott County.

The Wolfe County Search and Rescue Team joined the search Wednesday.

“We will have team members responding to this area today to assist with the search efforts,” the team said in a Facebook post. “... Let’s bring this little girl home to her family.”

On Wednesday, the search and rescue team also reported on social media that she had been found.

Clawson was last seen wearing cheetah print pants with no shoes or shirt, state police said.