A seven-year-old boy who sparked a major search after going missing on Sunday night has been found in his grandmother’s loft.
Carson Shephard was reported missing from New Cumnock in East Ayrshire at about 7.20pm on Sunday.
He spent the night in his grandmother’s loft and was only discovered when officers went back to search the home a fourth time using thermal equipment on Monday morning.
His mother, Gemma Glover, said he had been staying with his nan Jacquie McCartney in New Cumnock for the past few months.
She explained that her son had wrapped himself in insulation and was tucked away at the end of the loft.
The 27-year-old said: "It’s such a massive relief.
"Police searched the loft three times last night but came in with specialist equipment this morning.
"I’ve never felt anything like it, it was crazy. All night I was thinking how cold it was and in my mind, I was like ‘he’s not survived that’".
She added: "It was so cold last night and we genuinely thought he was out the house. The main thing is he’s alright. I can’t explain the emotion, it’s crazy."
A police spokesperson said: "He was found hiding in a wall cavity during a detailed search of his home address by specialist officers."
East Ayrshire police division posted on Twitter: "We are pleased to report that seven-year-old Carson Shephard, reported missing from New Cumnock, has been found safe and well.
"Officers would like to thank everyone who assisted in this inquiry."
Officers used a police helicopter, marine and dog units, as well as the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service water support unit during their search.
East Ayrshire Police previously put out a tweet urging people to "check garden sheds, gardens, garages and not assume someone else" has already searched places.
People in the local community helped officers look for Carson in the area, which is some 40 miles (64km) south of Glasgow.