PALATKA, Fla. -

The 8-year-old boy reported missing in Putnam County overnight was found safe early Saturday morning.

The Sheriff's Office said Brandon Varnes was found about a mile and a half from his home. He has minor scratches but no other major injuries. 

Authorities say he wandered off through the woods just after midnight, climbed into a neighbors boat for a little while, and then was found in the woods again. The parents called police right away. 

Putnam County Sheriff's Office thanks the public and their efforts to locate this missing boy.