A local 10-year-old boy who ran away from his home and into a cornfield Sunday night, Oct. 2 was found the next morning.
The announcement by Waukesha police on Monday concluded a roughly 19-hour search for Andrew Ounkham, who police said has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Police said Sunday that Andrew ran away around 4 p.m. from his home near Stillwater Circle and Oxbow Drive.
Local law enforcement staged a command post that night at Rivers Crossing Park, on Waukesha's southwest side, to coordinate the search.
A man told a dispatcher he found Andrew around 9:30 a.m. Monday in a cornfield about a mile south of his home. The dispatcher used GPS to track the caller's location and shortly after a Wisconsin state trooper found the man and Andrew, who was unharmed and in good spirits.
The search organized the efforts of hundreds of volunteers, many of whom turned up early Monday morning at Waukesha West High School, 3301 Saylesville Road, to help.
Helicopters, drones, K-9 units and a dive team from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department were also used in the search.
Alderman Erik Helgestad released a statement about the effort after police reported finding Andrew.
"I am astounded at the outpouring of community support and hard work everyone has put in to help bring him home," he said. "I'm proud of our community for what everyone did."