Update: The family of David Oates confirmed to WAAY 31 that their son was found by a family friend, safe and healthy in Panama City, Florida.
In a Facebook post, his family thanked everyone for being apart of the search. The family evacuated to Huntsville from Panama City ahead of the Category 4 storm, but their son, David, stayed behind. According to the family, it was a co-worker who found David staying at a friends house.
"We just grabbed the animals; got in the car," said Rita Oates.
Before Friday, Wednesday morning was the last time Rita Oates heard from her son. David's father posted to Facebook offering money to anyone who could send him a photo with his son. Right now, it's unclear if the family friend who found David will claim any money.
While staying in Huntsville, Rita has gotten some updates from friends on the condition of her home in Panama City.
"There are trees down around my house, some of my roof is missing," said Oates.