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Boy missing in backcountry

July 28, 2014

Austin Shedd

The search is on for a 13-year-old boy missing in the Sierra backcountry since Sunday afternoon.
The child, Austin Shedd, his father, Dr. Rick Shedd of Mammoth Lakes, and his father’s friend were reportedly on a backpacking trip in Kings Canyon National Park when the boy vanished.
Searching for the child are teams from Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks.
According to the Park Service, the trio had hiked eight hours into the backcountry, planning to exit Sunday at Taboose Pass.
According to Austin's mother and a family friend, Austin and Dr. Shedd were hiking from Arrow Peak to Bench Lake when the father stopped to make his son a sandwich, about 2:30 p.m. It was a task, they said, that took maybe five minutes and when the father finished, Austin was gone.
Dr. Shedd searched for three and a half hours by himself, finding no trace of the boy. At that point, he decided to begin the eight-hour trek back toward the Owens Valley to get help, while his friend stayed behind to continue the search.
Austin is described as 5 feet, 3 inches tall and 110 pounds with light brown hair and blue eyes. He has braces, and was wearing a green hat at the time of his disappearance.
Anyone who may have seen Austin is urged to call Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks at (888) 677-2746.

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