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Missing Williamsburg 8-year-old found safe

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WAVY – WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — An 8-year-old boy who had been reported missing early Monday morning is safe at home. Crews found him in a crawl space under his house around 3 p.m., according to Williamsburg Fire Department spokesman Eric Stone.

Zeb Gross was reported missing from his home in the 200 block of John Pinckney Lane in Williamsburg. His family said he did not have a jacket with him.

Stone said nearly 80 people, including volunteer search and rescue crews, local police, fire crews, and State Police searched for Gross in the nearby area. Temperatures were in the 30s, and snow was still on the ground as they looked for the child.

Law enforcement officials set up a command post at James Blair Middle School for the search effort, and bloodhounds and a State Police helicopter also assisted.

Stone said the child came out of the crawl space willingly and did not appear to be scared. He was in a space that crews searched earlier in the day, but they did not see him the first time, Stone said.

"We are happy to report that he was located. He was checked out by Williamsburg Fire Department medical staff. He's in good health. He's in good condition. He's been reunited with his family, with no further medical treatment needed at this time. He really hasn't said where he went or why left, and we're going to kind of leave that up to his mom and dad to talk to him about. We're just happy that we were able to locate him and he's back with his family now," Stone said.