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Missing boy found alive

July 29, 2014

Austin Shedd

Austin Shedd, 13, of Carlsbad and Mammoth Lakes, who was missing in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park since Sunday afternoon, has been located alive.
Shedd was found by a search team at about 9:30 p.m. Monday night, and camped with the crew before beginning being flown out of the backcountry this morning.
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.
Search teams from Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks were called in to find the child,.
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.
More information on Shedd’s condition and where he was located Monday night will be released when it is made available by the National Park Service.


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