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Missing boy's family thankful for his safe return

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RICHLAND, WA.-- Early Sunday morning, Wyatt Shafer was returned to his family after going missing for seven hours. 

Wyatt's family says that he wandered from his house, first he tried going to his grandmother's house not far away. When she wasn't home, he kept on walking.

After hearing about the missing ten-year-old, more and more community members joined in the search. For that, the Shafer family couldn't be more thankful.

"Knowing that, if anything ever happened to my children," Carolyn Shafer, Wyatt's aunt told KNDU, "Or anyone else's children, they're there to help."

Wyatt's aunt and grandmother said that they were incredibly impressed by how many people came to help, whether they knew the family or not. At the end of the night, it was one of Wyatt's teachers that found him, and from there he was returned to his father. 

Now, he's back home safe and sound.