(Meredith) - A 3-year-old Florida boy who wandered away from home is back with his family, thanks to a sheriff's office and its bloodhounds. 

Aedric Hughes, who has autism, unknowingly opened a locked door and wandered into the woods near his home on Sunday, according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office.

The boy's grandmother was watching him while his mom was at work, CBS 12 News reported.

"That's the most terrifying words a mother can get over the phone. 'Your child is missing, get home now,'" said Audra Hughes, the boy's mom.

Deputies searched the area for two hours but could not find Aedric, so they brought in K-9s Copper and Zinc to assist.

Within 30 minutes, the hounds located the child huddled tightly in an "extremely wooded and muddy area," approximately 200 yards from his home.

"I'm very grateful to the team. Words can't express the excitement, the gratitude that I have," Hughes said.

The sheriff's office later posted photos of the rescue to Facebook.

"The photo of Deputy Lenzo carrying the 3-year-old out of the woods speaks volumes as to the seriousness of the incident," the sheriff's office wrote. "We are glad to report the child is back home. Other than a few scratches and bug bites, he is doing well.

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