MILWAUKEE — An autistic man who disappeared a week ago from a camp for the disabled and who relies on medication after a kidney transplant was found alive in the woods Sunday, authorities said.

Keith Kennedy, 25, of Shoreview, Minn., was found about 7 p.m., weakened but safe. He was flown to the University of Minnesota hospital in the Twin Cities.

"He was dehydrated, his body temperature was a little low, lots of bug bites, of course," said Cindi Throngard, a volunteer who staffed phone lines set up to coordinate the search. "I can tell you, we're totally elated right now. We're just starting to breath again."

Searchers feared Kennedy might suffer a medical emergency without the anti-rejection drugs he has taken since his transplant in 1995. He can only speak four words, and searchers had feared he might not respond if they called out to him.

He was found about a mile from the camp in an area inaccessible by road, deputies said. Hundreds of volunteers had helped scour at least 14 square miles, a search that included helicopters and boaters.