Seven-year-old boy missing overnight was found hiding in a loft at his grandmother’s house


A seven-year-old boy who went missing overnight from a major search operation was hiding in the attic of his grandmother’s house, his mother confirmed.

Carson Shephard was not discovered until after police scanned the area using thermal imaging equipment on Monday morning, she said.

He was reported missing on Sunday, having been last seen in the Afton Bridgend area of ​​New Cumnock in East Ayrshire at around 7.20pm that evening.

The main thing is that he’s fine. I can’t explain the emotion, it’s crazy

Police confirmed Monday morning that he was found unharmed.

His mother, Gemma Glover, 27, of Glasgow, said he had been living with his grandmother Jacquie McCartney in New Cumnock for a few months.

She told reporters: “It’s a huge relief.

“Police searched the loft three times last night, but arrived with specialized equipment this morning.

“I have never felt anything like this, it was crazy. All night long I thought about how cold it was and in my head I was like ‘he didn’t survive this’.

“It was so cold last night and we sincerely thought he was out of the house. The main thing is that he’s fine. I can’t explain the emotion, it’s crazy.

Carson had wrapped himself in insulation and was hiding at the end of the attic, she added.

Police in New Cumnock, East Ayrshire, during the search (Andrew Milligan / PA) / PA wire

The East Ayrshire Police Division confirmed on Monday morning that the boy had been found, posting on Twitter:

“The officers would like to thank everyone who assisted with this investigation.”

The local community had also helped officers in the area.

A dozen vans and police cars that had scoured the area in search of the child were seen leaving the town of New Cumnock after his discovery.

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