CHEATHAM COUNTY, Tenn (WTVF) — It's a story of survival. A 9-year-old boy was found alive and well after going missing for more than two days.
Jorden Gorman ran away from his Cheatham County home Sunday afternoon. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued an Amber Alert on Monday.
A rescue team found him camped out this evening by a creek under a tarp he used as a makeshift shelter.
Since Sunday afternoon law enforcement and search and rescue crews have been looking for Jorden.
They say he ran off from his family's home after getting upset. Jorden's biological father Aaron Hatt and his wife Katie say they were glued to the news.
"The last update they were watching at the gas station they were saying that we're changing and starting to think that they were going to change it to recovery instead of searching," said Aaron Hatt.
The couple, who does not have custody of Jorden, says they never lost hope.
"We just went in knowing that they were going to find him and 10 minutes later they called and said they found him," said Hatt.
The Christian County Rescue Team out of Kentucky found Jorden. The three-man volunteer team got the call Monday to come down and help.
Arriving Tuesday, they got on their four-wheelers and found Jorden camped out in a hard to reach, wooded area under a blue tarp.
"We startled each other to say the least and as soon as I recognized the face I radioed the other two that I got eyes on him, get up here," said Matthew Reese.
Everyone involved says they're just glad this story has a happy ending.
"That's what all three of us came out here to do to help find Jorden and that's the best feeling in the world when we actually get to succeed in finding him," said Logan Fryar with the Christian County Rescue Team.
The team says Jorden was barefoot and they gave him some socks and a jacket. After giving him some food, the team says he was more comfortable.