10 yr. old Andrew Ounkham found safe late Monday morning.
WAUKESHA – It’s a parent worst horror story when a young child goes missing. Add to that horror the fact that the ten-year-old child, diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and is non-verbal, was last seen going into a cornfield near wetlands under very wet conditions from recent rain, and with the Fall dusk quickly draping darkness across the area.
In Waukesha neighborhoods are tightly banded together and when someone says they need help finding their lost child, people drop what their doing and show up to help.
At approximately 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 2nd, the Waukesha Police Department shared on their Facebook page that they needed help finding 10 year old Andrew Ounkham:
“He was last seen at approximately 3:45pm this afternoon running into a large corn field behind his house. Andrew has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and is non-verbal. Andrew was last seen in his SW Waukesha neighborhood near Stillwater Circle and Oxbow Drive.”
Through late Sunday afternoon and evening, and all through the night and into Monday morning, First responders utilized a fire engine ladder, K-9 officers, a drone, and heat sensing technology in their search in the dense marsh area. Hundreds of volunteers also combed area residences, corn fields, and swamp lands using flashlights.
About mid-morning on Monday police reported that they no longer needed volunteers:
Thankfully this story has a happy ending, but not without the help from hundreds of citizen volunteers, Law Enforcement, First Responders, members of the Wisconsin Civil Air Patrol, and the National Guard.
Around 10:00 a.m. Monday morning Officials reported that two Waukesha West High School students driving in a car spotted Andrew near Green Country and Saylesville Rd. The students immediately called 911 and officials at the scene were notified. Police met with the students who had spotted Andrew and went with them to the area where they saw him.
Officials located Andrew and reunited him with his mother.
The two Waukesha West High School student that spotted Andrew Ounkham.
MAP OF THE AREA WHERE ANDREW WENT MISSING