PAYSON, Ariz. -- A 4-year-old Payson boy has been found safe after missing for several hours.

Payson police say Travis Mitchell was located at approximately 11:15 a.m. Monday after an exhaustive 18 hour search that was launched Sunday night.

The little boy was found by searchers on horseback in a steep canyon approximately one mile north of the command center and a half mile west.

Police say Travis was in good spirits and there were no obvious signs of injury. He was transported from the canyon by a Department of Public Safety helicopter and flown to the Payson Regional Medical Center to be checked out and reunited with his family.

Various television reports said Travis was playing with other children Sunday night when he disappeared in a wooded area in the northwest corner of Payson.