Report: Casey Hathaway says he ‘hung out with bear,’ is in good spirits


ERNUL, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) — The mother of a 3-year-old boy who was missing for two days before he was found alive in North Carolina says he’s doing well and “already asked to watch Netflix.”

According to WNCT, Casey told the Craven County Sheriff’s Office that he spent two days hanging out in the woods with a bear. 

The little boy was reportedly taken to CarolinaEast Medical Center Thursday night and is expected to be released sometime Friday or Saturday. 

Multiple news outlets report the man who found Casey Lynn Hathaway spoke at a news conference Thursday night, alongside Brittany Hathaway and Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes.

Shane Grier said searchers responding to a tip heard Casey calling for his mother. Grier found him around 50 yards (45 meters) into the woods, entangled in briars.

Hughes believes Casey had moved around before ending up where he was found, not far from the house from which he went missing Tuesday. Authorities had been concerned that Casey wasn’t adequately dressed for the cold temperatures. He was found wearing his jacket, still zipped up.

“We just want to tell everybody that we’re very thankful that you took the time out to come search for Casey and prayed for him, and he’s good,” said his mother, Brittany Hathaway. “He is good, he is up and talking. He’s already asked to watch Netflix so he’s good, He is good.”


The child went missing Tuesday afternoon from his grandmother’s home along Toler Road in Ernul. His grandmother had reportedly gone inside the home while Casey and two other children played outside. 

When the two other children came inside, Casey did not. Family and neighbors searched for Casey for 45 minutes before calling 911. 

FOX 46 Charlotte reported on this story from Charlotte, N.C. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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