Searchers locate lost boy


Searchers locate lost boy

PINEDALE – A 13-year-old boy who went missing Saturday, July 28, was located late Sunday night and removed from the backcountry Monday morning.

Garrett Hunter, of Draper, Utah, was one of a 20-member scout group hiking near Mary’s Lake in the Wind River Range. He became separated from the group about 9:30 a.m. after the group left the 1000 Island Lakes area. The group was ending a 50-mile hike and headed to the Elkhart Trail by way of the Pole Creek Trail

Initially a team of six searchers from Tip Top Search and Rescue and the Sublette County contracted helicopter went to the area Saturday, but were unable to find the boy. On Sunday morning, 20 search and rescue members with assistance from the Teton County Search and Rescue, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and WYK9 out of Jackson joined the search. In addition, 38 self-deployed volunteers from Utah joined the search Sunday.

The boy was located about 10:15 p.m. Sunday and searchers stayed with the boy through the night until he could safely be removed from the rugged terrain Monday morning.

Chair Scott Scherbel told board members Wendy Boman, Chuck Bacheller, John Godfrey and Laura Clark that he received new information – that the Pinedale Clinic does not need to close at all if the CAH is built at that site.

Boman was critical of Plan One Architects and Sletten Construction for not bringing them the correct information at its regular

Garrett Hunter was reunited with his parents Monday morning following a two-day search. He was located Sunday night, but four rescuers stayed with him until morning when a helicopter could find a safe landing area. He told rescuers he saw a helicopter Sunday afternoon and he found a safe ledge near Junction Lake and stayed there until located.

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