Missing Boy Found Shot in Face
Dec. 08, 2000
WIMER, Ore. (AP) _ A 14-year-old boy missing for two days from his rural Oregon home was found Thursday, stumbling through the woods with a gunshot wound in the face.
The boy was likely wounded when he fell and the gun he was carrying accidentally went off, sheriff's Deputy Joe Puckett said. The boy's father reported a handgun missing from the family's home, Puckett said.
Bear Billie O'Farrell, a freshman at Rogue River High School, was last seen walking up the family's driveway after getting off the school bus at about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.
He was lost for 41 hours in the woods behind his home near this small community in the state's southwestern corner.
Crews searching through the foggy woods found the boy at about 10 a.m., conscious and able talk with dried blood on his face and a wound to his left eye. He was taken to a Medford hospital.
``We're just so glad he's found,'' said Sunset Smith, O'Farrell's sister, who drove up from California to help in the search. ``The last two days were terrifying.''