Boy who vanished on camping trip found alive
CANON CITY – An 8-year-old boy missing since Saturday was found alive Tuesday after searchers investigated a report of sounds of a crying child in a remote canyon about 35 miles southwest of Pikes Peak.”He’s alive and well,” said Zak Slutzky of Western State Mountain Rescue in Gunnison and a spokesman for the operation. “He’s completely unharmed.”The boy was being evacuated to a hospital. He was found at about 4:20 p.m., about 4 1/2 miles from where he wandered away Saturday morning .Nearly 100 rescuers and three aircraft were searching for Evan Thompson in rugged country about 90 miles south of Denver near where he was camping with family friends and a teacher. He disappeared after eating a breakfast of Lucky Charms, an orange, and a glass of milk.Rescuers and his family remained optimistic throughout the search that the boy could survive in the gray sweat shirt and sweat pants he was wearing when he disappeared in weather that has remained mild.”He’s a pretty resilient little boy, he’s a great kid,” said Teddi Gray, the boy’s legal guardian and aunt said shortly before he was found.Rescuers concentrated their search within a 15-square-mile area, retracing earlier searches as well as expanding the zone. The area is dotted with pinon pine and juniper trees and creased by steep cliffs and narrow ravines.”He couldn’t have gotten lost in rougher country,” said Ronnie Stewart of Canon City, who volunteered to join the search but was turned down.Gray and other family members were riding in search vehicles and calling for Evan over loudspeakers in case he was hiding from the rescue teams.”Younger children, they may think they’re in trouble, so they might hide,” Slutzky said. “A lot of kids are told not to approach strangers.”Gray ever broadcasted promises of a trip to the store to get hot dogs, pickles and a raspberry Slurpy.The boy, who has attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, had been without his medication for several days, Gray said. Slutzky said they altered their search based their experience with previous searches for people with similar disorders.
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