Casey Hathaway looking "healthy" this morning after being released from hospital

CRAVEN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Casey Hathaway was released from the hospital this past weekend and was seen in New Bern this morning.

The 3-year-old was missing for more than 50 hours last week after being left outside Tuesday afternoon.

The toddler was found Thursday night off Aurora Road after a neighbor walking her dog reported hearing a child crying in the woods.

The child was seen this morning in New Bern. WITN's Matthew Herchik says Casey looked healthy and was sitting on his dad's lap.

His mother said the toddler was released from CarolinaEast Medical Center on Saturday. She said they don't want to make any additional comments until the Craven County Sheriff's Office is finished with their investigation.

The sheriff's office says it has not found any evidence of any criminal activity surrounding the child's disappearance.


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The Craven County Sheriff's Office has not found any evidence of criminal activity surrounding the disappearance of a three-year-old who miraculously was found safe 55 hours later, according to a press release.

Casey Hathaway disappeared Tuesday Jan. 22 and was found safe Thursday Jan. 24 in the woods about a quarter mile from his great-grandmother's home in Ernul.

Investigators have not found any information or evidence that indicates criminal activity, the Craven County Sheriff's Office said.

However, an investigation is still ongoing at this time.

The sheriff's office is also thanking the community for their support during the investigation.

"Countless groups, organizations and individuals provided logistical, and resource support. The community has rallied behind the Hathaway family and all of public safety agencies involved," the Sheriff's Office said. "The community support has been nothing short of amazing."