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Meyer family thanks searchers; Scotty reunites with rescuers

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Thousands took part in the search for Scotty Meyer after the 5-year-old wandered half a mile away from his home, and his family held a press conference on Sunday to thank everyone who helped find him.

Barbara Meyer, the boy's mother, says she now considers those who found her son part of her family -- and the boy was reunited with his rescuers, Jason Moser and his dog, Autumn, on Sunday as well.

To say that Barbara Meyer is holding onto her son a little tighter these days is a major understatement, but the boy seems to have recovered well.

"He's running around at home, playing with his iPad, watching videos," Barbara Meyer said. "He really is back on track."

Yet, the boy's mother said she can't claim the same for herself.

"I'm still not back to normal," she admitted. "I still don't have the full range of my emotions."

Nearly a week has passed since the non-verbal boy with autism snuck away while a repairman was going in and out of the Oak Grove home to fix an air conditioner.

"One of the times the door opened and closed, our son, Lane, was the culprit with Scott following behind," Barbara Meyer explained. "The repairman did not allow the boys to get out of the house. He is not at fault in any way for our children getting outside."

Scotty spent the next 21 hours lost and alone, but the Meyers -- who share a strong faith -- say they never gave up.

"When he was out there, he was surrounded by angels," said Barbara Meyer. "When he went to sleep and every time he was bit by a bug, an angel kissed it and took the pain away because he should be ripping his skin off with the amount of bug bites he has."

On the morning of the fourth of July, Scotty was found in the woods a half mile away from his home by Moser and his Golden Retriever, Autumn.

"I've never met someone that I just met that I love so deeply, and I believe that God has destined for our lives to intertwine and there's a reason for that," said Barbara Meyer, adding that she's excited to find what that reason is.

Moser said he had hoped the two families could meet.

"Lots of hugs and excitement," he recalled. "I thought it was perfect."

The Meyer family said they cannot thank all those who helped in the search enough, and said she is thankful that all the prayers others made for the safe return for her son were answered. The family added that they are private people who now just hope to return to their lives and enjoy the rest of the summer.

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