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The Latest: Missing boy worried about seeing family again

July 30, 2018
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A helicopter brings Garrett Hunter, of Draper, Utah, to the Pinedale, Wyo., Airport after he was rescued from the Bridger Wilderness the previous night. Hunter became lost on Saturday morning and spent nearly 37 hours alone, surviving in part on bugs and tree bark. (Sgt. Travis Bingham/Sublette County Sheriff's Office via AP)

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

4:45 p.m.

A 13-year-old Utah Boy Scout who survived partly on bugs and bark for nearly 37 hours in the Wyoming wilderness says he worried whether he would see his family again.

Garrett Hunter of Draper, Utah, says his first thoughts after he realized he had been found Sunday night were “Hallelujah! I’m home free.”

Sublette County sheriff’s Sgt. Travis Bingham says Garrett was found safe by volunteer searchers who happened to camp that night near where the boy had stopped to wait for rescuers.

The boy was flown out by helicopter Monday morning.

Bingham says Garrett became separated from his Boy Scout group Saturday morning when he went off the trail to go to the bathroom.

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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 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.

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8:50 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 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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