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Missing Utah Boy Scout found in good health after becoming separated from group in Wyoming

Posted at 12:42 PM, Jul 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-30 13:56:06-04

UPDATE: The Sublette County Sheriff Office confirms that missing Scout Garrett Hunter was found around 10:15 p.m. Sunday night.

A volunteer searcher located the boy about 1 mile from his original camp site in a drainage near Junction Lake. He is in good health.

Authorities say because it was already dark, Garrett and his rescuers set up camp and stayed in the area overnight. A helicopter was able to fly the boy off the mountain around 8:30 a.m. Monday.

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ELKHART PARK, Wy. -  Search and rescue teams are in Wyoming's rugged Wind River Range trying to find 13-year-old Garrett Hunter of Draper.

He got separated from his scout group Saturday afternoon while taking part in a planned 50 mile hiking trip through the area.

According to the Sublette County Sheriff's office, Hunter was last seen between 1000 Island Lake and Mary's Lake in Wyoming around two p.m.

"He has some supplies with him, it's not like he's out there without anything.  He has some food and some water and some gear," Sublette County Sgt. Travis Bingham said.  "The area is rough but the temperatures aren`t really cold at night yet so it's not really a race against time."

Rescuers think Hunter could be headed towards Seneca Lake from Eklund Lake.

One major concern is that Hunter has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and even if he's lost and someone comes close to him, he may not approach anyone and may even hide from them.

He is 5 feet 9 inches and weighs 130 pounds.

He has blonde hair and was last seen wearing a blue shirt and blue backpack.

Searchers on the ground and in the air are looking for him.

Search teams are staying upbeat and positive.

If he isn't found by the time the sun goes down Sunday, crews will be back first thing Monday morning.

If you have any information contact the Sublette County Sheriff's office at 307-367-4378.