Missing boy found safe in Monroe County after Amber Alert issued last night

TELLICO PLAINS, TN (WSMV) – A missing boy from East Tennessee who went missing on Thursday night was located on Friday morning, according to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Six-year-old Alijah Kensinger was playing in the woods near his home off New Highway 68 when he went missing. An Amber Alert was issued for Alijah on Thursday night.

Detective Jason Phillyew <a href=”https://www.wvlt.tv/2022/01/14/hundreds-search-missing-6-year-old-monroe-county/” target=”_blank”>told WVLT</a> they believe that Alijah wandered off and was lost somewhere in the woods.

“We think he’s gone in the woods, gotten turned around, possibly injured himself and couldn’t find his way back,” Phillyew said.

TBI found Alijah safe in the woods near his home in Monroe County.

He’s alive! 6 year old Alijah Kensinger has been found by a lake. <a href=”https://twitter.com/wvlt?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@wvlt</a> <a href=”https://t.co/xopYUBWXDR”>pic.twitter.com/xopYUBWXDR</a>&mdash; Ashley Bohle (@AshleyWVLT) <a href=”https://twitter.com/AshleyWVLT/status/1482028113999630336?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>January 14, 2022</a>

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at <a href=”tel:%20423-442-1212″ target=”_blank”>423-442-1212</a> or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.