13-year-old Boy Scout found safe in Wyoming wilderness

Jul 30, 2018, 8:14 AM | Updated: 1:47 pm
Photo credit: @AndrewAdamsKSL on Twitter

PINEDALE, Wyoming — The Sublette County Sheriff’s office says a missing Boy Scout, 13-year-old Garrett Hunter, was in good health when he was found late Sunday night by a volunteer group. They located him after crews had suspended looking for the night.

Hunter, who has a form of autism, was last seen Saturday morning in the Wind River range area about 30 minutes from Pinedale, Wyoming. Sergeant Travis Bingham says Hunter was hiking with his scout troop as part of a 50-mile hike when he got separated.

“We haven’t really got confirmation of how they lost sight of him. It was a big group, and as they traveled out, they just noticed he wasn’t with them anymore.”

Bingham says the terrain there is challenging and remote

“It’s pretty thick country. There’s a lot of trails, a lot of lakes, a lot of area to cover–it’s a huge, open wilderness.”

The volunteers who found him stayed overnight and planned to hike out with him Monday morning.

Hunter can remember being separated from the rest of his group.  He recalls stepping aside to relieve himself, and when he went back to his group, they were gone.  He admits he started to panic.

“Am I going to get out of here?  Am I going to see my family again?” Hunter thought.

He says he knew there would be people searching for him, and it was just a matter of time before he would be found.  Still, he didn’t know how long that would take.  He decided to ration his food and began to eat bugs and tree bark.

He can vividly remember being found by members of his LDS Church ward.

“It was really great, like ‘Hallelujah!  I’m home free,” Hunter says.

Some of the searchers found Hunter after following a clue he left behind.  Hunter says he left a tent on the trail south of where he had previously camped.  As it turns out, many searchers were looking in the opposite direction.

“They also said the search and rescue party was up north of where I was… way up there,” Hunter says.

There were lots of hugs and smiles when Hunter was reunited with his family.  His mother, Karen, says she was thrilled to see an overwhelming amount of support from her community and people who didn’t even know their family.

“We were kind of shell-shocked.  We just had a huge [amount] of volunteers come in.  We had people, I still don’t know who they are, that actually flew a lot of volunteers in,” she says, adding, “It was nice to see everything was being done that could be done.”

Photo credit: @AndrewAdamsKSL on Twitter

Photo credit: @AndrewAdamsKSL on Twitter

Today’s Top Stories


Fireworks light up the night sky over Liberty Park Thursday July 24, 2003 Photo by Scott G Winterto...
Mark Jackson

Fireworks and some open flames are now banned in Park City

Just before the holiday weekend, Park City has banned fireworks and non-permitted open flames due to extreme drought conditions and fire risk.
13 hours ago
The new monuments at This is the place heritage park....
Mark Jackson

This is the Place Heritage Park to unveil monuments for early Black pioneers

This is the Place Heritage Park will unveil a monument dedicated to early Black pioneers on July 22, just in time for Pioneer Day.
13 hours ago
Back view of two ambulances...
Don Brinkerhoff

Herriman mother saved by off-duty police officer

A Herriman woman feels lucky to be alive after her raft is tipped over and she nearly drowned last week.
13 hours ago
Fireworks and sparklers are on display...
Lindsay Aerts

Watch public fireworks instead of lighting your own, says state fire marshal

Fireworks in Utah will be legal to set off in approved areas by July 2, and the state fire marshal asked anyone lighting their own to practice caution.
13 hours ago
Vehicles enter Zion National Park   on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. With Independence Day set for Mond...
Mark Jones

Busy weekend expected at Zion National Park

With it being Independence Day on Monday, Zion National Park officials are expecting a busy weekend at the park and say visitors should expect long lines.
2 days ago
draper shooting police...
Mark Jones

Party ban becomes permanent for Airbnb

Airbnb announced this week that it is placing permanent ban on disruptive parties. In April, two people died in a shooting at an Airbnb in Draper.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
13-year-old Boy Scout found safe in Wyoming wilderness