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Missing toddler found alive in NC

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Austin's grandmother learns he has been found safe. (April 6, 2012/FOX Carolina) Austin's grandmother learns he has been found safe. (April 6, 2012/FOX Carolina)
Austin is 30-months-old and wandered off from his grandparents in Murphy, NC, Thursday night. (Courtesy the Frey family) Austin is 30-months-old and wandered off from his grandparents in Murphy, NC, Thursday night. (Courtesy the Frey family)
Search crews gather at the command center in Murphy, NC. (April 6, 2012/FOX Carolina) Search crews gather at the command center in Murphy, NC. (April 6, 2012/FOX Carolina)
MURPHY, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Rescue crews were combing parts of Murphy, NC, looking for a missing 2-year-old boy who was found alive Friday morning about 9:15 a.m.

Brian Scoles with the American Red Cross said Austin Frey went missing about 6:00 p.m. Thursday. Austin went missing from the area near Vista Realty on Highway 64 West.

Officials said Austin is 2'6" tall, approximately 32 pounds and was last seen wearing a blue T-shirt and blue and white plaid pants with Spiderman light-up tennis shoes.

Scoles said Frey and his grandparents were in town on vacation from Florida and were unloading the family car when the child and his dog wandered away.

Officials said they found Austin's shoe print a mile away from the home Thursday night, but they said there was no suspicion of foul play.

SLIDESHOW: Volunteers, officials search for missing toddler

Officials said the dog had been located on Hedden Road.

Red Cross volunteers were providing food and refreshments to the 50-member search party. Volunteer and emergency crews continued searching for Austin Friday morning and were told if they find him to not touch him and call first responders.

There is no word yet on his condition. Officials said Austin was found about a mile and a half away from the home in a pile of leaves.

They said people searched that area Thursday night but did not find him there. Officials said he would be okay.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office public information officer said Austin was transported to a hospital in Chattanooga and was doing fine this morning.

Officials said he was treated for dehydration and released.

He said they were so glad it ended well, it was the type of ending everyone wishes for.

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