Missing autistic boy, 9, survived for three days in woods with no shoes or jacket

Jordan Gorman was found after spending two nights alone in woods (Image: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

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A nine-year-old autistic boy who went missing survived two nights outdoors with no jacket or shoes in plummeting temperatures.

Fears were growing for Jordan Gorman after he was last seen on Sunday afternoon before he ran away following a family row at his home in Nashville, Tennessee.

Hours after he went missing an 'Endangered Child Alert' was sent out by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

This was upgraded to Amber Alert on Monday afternoon and a rescue team was sent out to search for him, NBC reports.

Kentucky-based Christian County Rescue Team found Jordan on Tuesday "cold and hungry" underneath a shelter made out of tarpaulin three-quarters of a mile away from his home.

Rescuers found the nine-year-old on Tuesday
(Image: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

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According to the National Weather Service temperatures dropped to the low 20s in the Nashville surrounding area over the last three days.

TBI said in a tweet: “Cold and hungry, but otherwise in pretty good spirits! Good to see you, Jordan!”

A search crew member said they almost missed finding Jordan until they came across his shelter in the heavily wooded area.

Mathew Reese said: "As I got close to the tarp and noticed there was a mass in it, naturally the worst was going through my head initially until the tarp moved.

Jordan was found underneath this shelter with no jacket or shoes
(Image: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

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“It was just the biggest holy crap, I got him.”

Mathew and the other two rescue team members, who are all dads, said they treated Jordan as if he was their own child.

Logan Fryar, a Christian County Rescue Team member, said: "That’s what makes you drive to get out there and find him."

Authorities said Jordan didn’t say anything initially but eventually warmed up to them.

He was examined by medics after spending two nights in the woods at frigid temperatures.

Aaron Hatt, Jordan's father, told News4 that his son has autism and was living in Cheatham County with his two siblings and their foster parents.

He said when he heard his son was missing he was shocked because Jordan would never leave his older sister Jocelyn.

He said: "I don't think that per se, but I just know that it seems odd that he wouldn't come back if nothing else because he got hungry or because he was looking for Jocelyn."

He added he was relieved to find out his son had been found but shocked he survived in the woods by himself for three days.

"He’s always just been really resilient and an explorer type but to be standing for two days with no jacket no shoes no socks. It’s just crazy," he said.

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