Boy with autism found safe after running into cornfield

Andrew Ounkham
Andrew Ounkham


Ten-year-old Andrew Ounkham has been found and appears to be in good health, WISN reports.

The boy disappeared Sunday after running into a cornfield behind his home.

Waukesha Police posted a message on Facebook thanking volunteers for helping in the search for Andrew.

Andrew has autism and is non-verbal.

WISN’s Ben Wagner tweeted there is much “joy and relief” from the rescue teams who searched for hours on little sleep.

There were no immediately details on where he was found.  This story will be updated.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) – Law enforcement and volunteers are resuming the search for a 10-year-old boy in Waukesha.

Andrew Ounkham, who is autistic, was last seen running into a large cornfield behind his home in a southwest Waukesha neighborhood about 4 p.m. Sunday.

Dozens of volunteers helped authorities search Sunday. Dogs, drone operators and a National Guard helicopter are being used in the search.

Volunteers gathered at 6 a.m. Monday at Waukesha West High School where they were given search assignments. A mobile command post has been set up at Rivers Crossing Park.

The search is similar to one in Langlade County. A 3-year-old boy wandered into a cornfield near Antigo Saturday afternoon and was found safe nearly 24 hours later. Volunteers also helped in that search.

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