Update 6:12 p.m.

MONTICELLO, Ill. (WCIA) — Authorities in Monticello said Kayden Kelly was found just after 6 p.m. in “satisfactory condition.”

Rob Bross, Director of the Piatt County Emergency Management Agency, said Kelly was located by the Sangamon River by an Illinois State Police air unit, which subsequently led first responders on the ground to his location. As a precaution, Kelly is being evaluated by medical personnel to ensure his health and safety.

Bross thanked all first responders and citizens who assisted in the successful search, including the City of Monticello, Monticello Fire Department, Piatt County Sheriff’s Office and ISP Air Operation Bureau. He also thanked Monticello Church of Christ and Calvary Baptist Church for allowing first responders to use their facilities as a command post.


MONTICELLO, Ill. (WCIA) — Authorities in Monticello and Piatt County are asking for the community’s help in finding a teenager with autism who went missing on Friday.

Kayden Kelly, 18, was last seen on Bell Avenue in Monticello during the afternoon, possibly walking toward Allerton Park. Kelly is described as being 5′ 11″ tall, weighing 160 pounds and having black hair and brown eyes.

Kelly was last seen wearing a gray Reebok sweatshirt, black pants and camouflage Crocs.

Anyone who sees Kelly or who has information about his whereabouts is asked to call 911.