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3-year-old girl found after going missing now 'doing great'

Posted at 9:50 AM, May 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-24 09:13:50-04

KNOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — 3-year-old Madlyn Clawson is doing well, according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Gayheart, after she went through a traumatic ordeal.

She went missing about three weeks ago from her Knott County home and was found the following day.

Gayheart posted the update on his Facebook page Sunday morning. It reads, "She is doing great and has made a full recovery. I was able to deliver a McDonald’s gift card that the Rineer family sent her, all the way from Georgia. She will now be treated to all the chicken nuggets that she wants. Thank you to that sweet family for that gift."

Clawson was found just a couple miles away from where she went missing with minor injuries.

"Some helpers with the search party had actually walked through a field and located Madlyn laying on a pretty big bush," KSP Trooper Matt Gayheart said. "She was able to talk and walk on her own. She had some minor scratches, but we were able to locate her safely."

Gayheart noted that Clawson was able to drink some water and eat some food upon being found.

"She was very excited to see somebody else," Gayheart said.

Gayheart emphasized how crucial it was that crews were able to locate Clawson just before the sun went down.

"Once the sun goes down, our chances of locating her goes down drastically, so finding her before sun down was crucial," Gayheart said.

Missing 3-year-old found safe in Knott County

The family reported Clawson missing at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday from the home on Bolen Cemetery Road.