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Missing boy found safely after night-long search

LETCHER—After members of multiple law enforcement agencies spent the night searching for him, a 9-year-old boy with autism was found unharmed Thursday morning.

Although authorities had already passed through the area near the intersection of 243rd Street and 404th Avenue on their night-long search, Davison County Sheriff's Deputy Josh Peterson found Eastin Dorr walking along the side of 243rd Street while doing a final lap around that area just before 9 a.m.

"He's beat up a little bit from spending the night out in the weeds and the bushes, but he's basically in good health," Davison County Sheriff Steve Brink said. "He's with his mom, and all's well that ends well."

The location where Dorr was found was about 3½ miles from where Brink thought he would be.

"I kind of had just a feeling that he would walk out to a road on his own, and we just kept driving and driving," Brink said.

In addition to the Davison County Sheriff's Office, members of the Sanborn and Jerauld County Sheriff's Offices, Davison County Search and Rescue and the Mitchell Department of Public Safety were involved in the search, and a plane was sent out to try to find Dorr.

Dorr was examined by a medical team and was found to be uninjured.

"I'm ecstatically happy that things turned out that well," Brink said.

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