Skip to comments.Parents of Missing Boy Scout Seek Help
Posted on 06/20/2005 7:51:29 AM PDT by SmithL
Salt Lake City -- The parents of an 11-year-old Boy Scout missing in the Utah wilderness pleaded for continued help on Monday, a day after a fruitless search by thousands of volunteers, some on horseback or riding ATVs.
About 3,000 volunteers searched Sunday for the boy, Brennan Hawkins of Bountiful, who was last seen near a climbing wall at the 8,500-foot elevation Scouting site in the High Uintas, about 80 miles east of Salt Lake City.
"We look out into this darkness now and somewhere my son is out there," Brennan's father, Toby Hawkins, said Monday on NBC's "Today" show. "If you can find time to come up here and help us, please do. That's what we need now. We need people to come up and help."
Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said searches of the rugged wilderness had turned up no evidence so far, but investigators remain hopeful that the boy is simply lost. Nonetheless, investigators were exploring the possibility of foul play.
"There has been quite a number of people up here over this weekend. There's individuals that came up to the Scout camp for training, there's people that have been camping in the general vicinity," Edmunds told CBS'"The Early Show.""I've got my detectives out there right now trying to ascertain exactly who was up here in the woods and make sure we didn't have a predator or something of that nature."
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Prayers up for this Scout and his family.
"I've got my detectives out there right now trying to ascertain exactly who was up here in the woods and make sure we didn't have a predator or something of that nature."
I heard on the news that this is the second boy scout to disappear in the area. Thats not a good sign. Hope they find him soon.
My prayers to the family.
Prayers for this family.....I pray he was not kidnapped.
two scouts missing the past two years - could be a psycho hanging out and kidnapping kids who wander off by themselves
I hope he is okay, too. But riding around on an ATV doesn't seem to make a great deal of sense because your sense of hearing is completely lost.
Unless he was snatched by a mountain lion. Or even worse, a two legged predator.
Meanwhile, another point of speculation and concern grows. What if the boy did not become lost at all? It's a possibility that Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds says he must accept, though at this point, "we don't have any reason to believe there has been a kidnapping." Still, the sheriff says, he has ordered his detectives to begin a criminal investigation - to explore who was in this stretch of wilderness and when.
That was my first thought - mountain lion. Full grown adults have been attacked, killed and then the victim is dragged away. An 11 year old wouldn't stand much of a chance.
I got to thinking about the mountain lion theory and I don't know if it was a big cat or not. Mountain lions will hide their prey, but it seems that it wouldn't drag the body too far.
I have heard that on the safaris that they take you by elephant back in India through tiger country, they tell you to "STAY CLOSE TO THE ELEPHANT" and emphasize it over and over. There was a video where the party stopped, got off the elephant and a guy just went to the edge of the clearing 20 feet from the elephant to relieve himself when a tiger snatched him. Unfortunately, he did not survive.
Cute kid. Prayers up for him and his family.
Last year I bought 10 walkie talkie's...enough for my daughter, son in law, grandchildren and guests at their 100 acre camp. It's just a little helper to keep track of everyone. They're half the size of a cigarette pack and we button them in the kid's pants.
Looks like they are scaling down the search now. I guess it has been three days.
That's so sad.
ditto... may he please be found safe and sound...