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UPDATE: 13-year-old missing boy found safe in Rhea County

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RHEA COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

UPDATE: A Graysville boy who disappeared Halloween night has been reunited safely with his family.   

The Rhea County Sheriff's Office launched a massive search overnight for 13-year-old, Stanley Brotherton.

After spending a night in the woods, Brotherton was found at this home nearly two miles away from where he lives in Graysville.

Brotherton has autism, Monday night he wandered away from his home without letting anyone know.

Jazzmen Mickel is Brotherton’s sister, she said he's never done anything like this before.

“He’s a little bit slower. He does things on his own, he didn't really see a problem with what he did, he just thought he was going out and exploring. He didn't see that so many people were trying to help him,” Mickel said.  

Graysville Police Department launched a search and hundreds of volunteers went door-to-door looking for anyone who might've seen Brotherton.

As night fell family members grew concerned.

"My heart sank completely. I didn't know what to do I was scared,” Mickel described.

After hours of searching with no luck, volunteers took the night off.          

Tuesday, Leland Clingan and his wife watched Channel 3 Eyewitness News TODAY noticed a boy matching the description of Brotherton in their backyard.

"When I told her she knew exactly what he was wearing so she knew it was the one they were searching for,” Leland explained.

The couple has a grandson with autism, so they knew how to approach him and contacted authorities.

"I just hugged him I didn't know what to do, my heart was full I’m just glad we found him… He could've went to anyone. Anyone could've said hey and he would've went in. and luckily for us the person was nice and helped him, but it could've been anyone endangering him,” Mickel said.

EMS checked out Brotherton and said he is in excellent condition but a bit shaken up.

Everyone in this community just thankful he's back home.


PREVIOUS UPDATE: Officials confirm that Stanley Brotherton has been found after being missing since Monday evening. Channel 3 is told he has been checked out by a medical team and is unharmed.

Brotherton is now with his family. 


PREVIOUS STORY:  The search for 13-year-old Stanley Brotherton resumes at 9:00am at the post office in Graysville.

A sheriff deputy tells Channel 3 they had volunteers going door to door, bloodhounds and a helicopter assisting in the search.

Officials in Rhea County are looking for 13-year-old Stanley Brotherton. He was last seen off Dayton Avenue in Graysville.

Brotherton goes by the name "SEB." 

He was last seen at 5 p.m. Monday night, wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and tennis shoes.

If you have seen him or know where he is, contact Rhea County Dispatch at 423-775-2442 or call 911. 

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