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Boy missing near Lake Cushman found safe

After an all-night search, emergency crews found 10-year-old Nathan Hernandez about 10 a.m. Friday in thick woods on a small mountain near Parkerville, on the southern border of Olympic National Forest, Mason County sheriff’s detective William Adam said.

The boy was reported missing Thursday night and was last seen near Lake Cushman.

“Nathan had been playing with his sisters in the area of their camp,” Adam wrote in a news release. “ ... He wandered off with the family dog.”

When the dog returned to the camp without the boy, the family began a search. They called 911 when it turned dark, Adam said.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Patrol and a Skokomish Park ranger searched nearby camps and roadways. Search and rescue teams from Mason, Thurston and Pierce counties, tracking dogs and about 30 volunteers also helped.

On Friday morning, the boy was spotted by crews in a King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter. He was checked out by medics and returned to his parents.

“The family was vacationing from Uvalde, Texas, and wanted to express their sincere gratitude for all of the deputies, troopers, firefighters, dispatchers and search and rescue volunteers who worked to find Nathan and return him back to his family,” Adam wrote in a news release.

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