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Update: Missing 3 year old found alive

Search crews celebrate after learning Joshua was found alive. Search crews celebrate after learning Joshua was found alive.

By Heartland News

MADISON COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Search crews have found the missing three-year-old Madison County boy alive after he went missing more than 48 hours ago.

The Madison County Sheriff says Joshua Childers was found at 4:05 by a searcher about three miles away from his home. 

The sheriff says he's in good condition and is getting checked out at a hospital.

Police say Joshua Childers slipped out the back door of his home in rural Madison County, Missouri Monday afternoon as his father was napping. 

His father works the night shift.  Joshua was wearing a t-shirt and a pull-up diaper.

The wife of the man who found him said she could hear the boy crying in the background when her husband called her with the good news.

Crews from fire departments, the Missouri Water Patrol and several hundred volunteers searched the wooded area, ponds, and creeks in Madison County.

Volunteers used four-wheelers and police called in K9 units to help with the search.

Earlier, the searchers found a shoe that Joshua's parents identified as what he was wearing at the time of his disappearance.

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Crews continue their search for a missing Madison County three-year-old boy.

Police say Joshua Childers slipped out the back door of his home Monday afternoon and hasn't been seen since.

A few hundred volunteers are using 4-wheelers to search for Joshua.  Police have also called in K9 units to help with the search.

Investigators say they are searching in a grid formation and are continually expanded their grid but so far they have not had any luck.

Crews from fire departments, the Missouri Water Patrol and dozens of volunteers continue to search the wooded area in Madison County.

The Missouri Water Patrol is prepared to use their sonar equipment to search some of the ponds and creeks in the area.

Divers searched the waters Tuesday.

Searchers did find a shoe that Joshua's parents identified as what he was wearing at the time of his disappearance.

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