VOL. 132 | NO. 168 | Thursday, August 24, 2017
Teen Back With Family After 11 Days Missing in National Park
The Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The National Park Service says a teenager who went missing for 11 days is with his family after he emerged from Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains National Park and flagged a passing boat for help.
A news release says 18-year-old Austin Bohanan was found Tuesday uninjured.
Officials say Bohanan had become separated from his stepfather. Even atop a ridge, he couldn't complete a cellphone call to his mother for help.
He told rangers he followed two creeks for days looking for the highway and remained within the 6,700-acre area that more than 100 people were searching. He heard a search helicopter at one point.
Bohanan was last seen Aug. 11 and was reported missing Aug. 13. He was found in remote Blount County, about 40 miles south of Knoxville.
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