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Missing boy survived partly on bugs and bark

Associated Press • Jul 30, 2018 at 3:32 PM

PINEDALE, Wyo. — The Latest on a 13-year-old Utah boy found safe in the Wyoming wilderness (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

A 13-year-old Utah Boy Scout survived partly on bugs and bark during the nearly 37 hours he was lost in the western Wyoming wilderness.

Sublette County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Travis Bingham says Garrett Hunter was found safe at about 10:15 p.m. Sunday by volunteer searchers who happened to camp that night near where the boy had stopped to wait for rescuers.

Rough terrain and darkness forced the search group to camp for the night and wait until Monday morning to take the boy, who has autism, out of the mountainous Bridger Wilderness.

Bingham says the boy became separated from his Boy Scout group about 9:30 a.m. Saturday when he went off trail to go to the bathroom while they were on the way out from a weeklong backcountry hiking trip.

8:46 a.m.

A 13-year-old Utah boy who became separated from his Boy Scout group during a backcountry hiking trip in western Wyoming has been found and is in good health.

Sublette County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Travis Bingham says Garrett Hunter was found about 10:15 p.m. Sunday by volunteer searchers.

Rough terrain and darkness forced the search group to camp for the night and wait until Monday to take the boy, who has autism, out of the mountainous Wind River Range.

The scout group had been on a 50-mile (81-kilometer), multi-day hike in an area about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the western Wyoming town of Pinedale when the boy was reported missing about 2 p.m. Saturday.

The boy is from Draper, a city south of Salt Lake City.

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