Carson Shephard: Missing seven-year-old boy found by police in granny’s attic

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Police searching for a seven-year-old boy who has been missing since Sunday evening have located him in his grandmother’s attic, his family said.

Carson Shepherd went missing in the Afton Bridgend area of New Cumnock in East Ayrshire at about 7.20pm on September 19.

His mother revealed he was discovered only after police using thermal equipment scanned the area on Monday morning. 

Gemma Glover, 27, from Glasgow, said he had been staying with his grandmother Jacquie McCartney in New Cumnock for the past few months.

She told reporters: “It’s such a massive relief.

“Police searched the loft three times last night but came in with specialist equipment this morning.

“I’ve never felt anything like it, it was crazy. All night I was thinking how cold it was and in my mind I was like ‘he’s not survived that’.

“It was so cold last night and we genuinely thought he was out the house. The main thing is he’s all right. I can’t explain the emotion, it’s crazy.”

Carson had wrapped himself in insulation and was tucked away at the end of the loft, she added.

His uncle Alec McCartney said it was a "massive relief" for the family after his nephew was discovered "lying sleeping, sort of covered" with a wrap of insulation over him.

"There were so many people out searching for him this morning, it's really helpful having people around about you. It's a good outcome for everybody," he said.

East Ayrshire police division confirmed on Monday morning that the boy has been found, posting on Twitter: "Carson traced - We are pleased to report that seven-year-old Carson Shephard, reported missing from New Cumnock has been found safe and well.

"Officers would like to thank everyone who assisted in this inquiry."

The local community had also been helping officers in the area.

Around a dozen police vans and cars which had been scouring the area for the child were seen leaving the town of New Cumnock after he was found.

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