Mom thanks deputies for saving finding her missing 3-year-old with autism

Northwest Florida

Update: Earlier today Sheriff Bob Johnson held a press conference about the search and rescue of a 3-year-old boy named Aedric Hughes. Audra Hughes is the boy’s mother and she said her son was home with his grandmother when he slipped out the front door. Deputies say the bloodhounds found the boy in under thirty minutes. Hughes says it was one of the scariest moments of her life.

“I’m very grateful to the team,” Hughes said. “Words can not even express the excitement and the gratitude that I have.”

Deputies have had the dogs for over a year.

SANTA ROSA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office found a missing autistic boy who was lost in the woods Sunday.

Santa Rosa County District One Commissioner Sam Parker shared photos on Facebook of the rescue of the 3-year-old boy. The boy went missing Sunday morning, and deputies found him a few hours later in the woods. Parker said deputies used bloodhounds to find the missing boy.

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