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Newton Co. Boy Found

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A missing Newton County boy is found after search and rescue crews spread out looking for the six year old and his family says they couldn't be more grateful.

"I came home to a nightmare." says father Ryan Smith.

A day after being found six year old Riley Smith plays video games with his twin brother and family. His parents say after hours of terrifying uncertainty Friday evening they are happy to have their son Riley home safe and sound.

He said that we needed to leave the lights on from now on. We told him that there were so many lights, I mean our house was lit up, police officers out there (riley's twin brother: like fireworks!)like fireworks" says his parents Ryan and Holly Smith. 

Riley had chased the puppy he received for Christmas and disappeared into the woods behind his parents house, hours later hundreds of police, firefighters and volunteers from across the county arrived at their doorstep to join the search. Six hours later the boy was found a mile from home with two dogs but without socks or shoes.

"He was extremely cold, he had gotten down into a brushy area and the dogs cuddled up to him and were able to keep him warm" says Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland.

The Smith's say words do not describe the feelings they felt when they heard their six year old son had been found here on Coyote drive, they say they feel thankful that their dogs stayed with their child the entire time.

Riley was taken to the hospital as a precaution after he was found, for a check. Sheriff Copeland says the success of finding Riley is all thanks to the cooperation of the emergency response teams as well as volunteers. As a father and grandfather, Copeland says he was elated to return Riley back home.

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