Skip to comments.Boy Who Vanished in Colo. Found Alive
Posted on 05/30/2006 5:18:59 PM PDT by WildPlum
(05-30) 16:55 PDT Canon City, Colo. (AP) --
An 8-year-old boy missing since Saturday was found alive Tuesday after searchers investigated a report of sounds of a crying child in a remote canyon about 35 miles southwest of Pikes Peak.
"He's alive and well," said Zack Slutsky of Western State Mountain Rescue in Gunnison and a spokesman for the operation.
The boy was being evacuated to a hospital. He was found at about 4:20 p.m.
Nearly 100 rescuers and three aircraft were searching for Evan Thompson, who was last seen Saturday morning while camping with family friends and a teacher in rugged country about 90 miles south of Denver. He disappeared after eating a breakfast of Lucky Charms, an orange, and a glass of milk.
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Amazing. Saturday, Sunday, Monday, found Tuesday...eight years old alone in the wilderness for three days and found alive. God bless him and his family.
Good news. These type of stories usually end up going the other way.
Those prayers were heard, too.
Thank God. That little boy been in my prayers since he went missing.
Well, whatever. . .for sure a miracle that this child was found alive.
(This could however, give a new twist to a colorful kids cereal. . .)
Crews find 8-year-old boy 'alive and well'
written by: Jeffrey Wolf Web Producer
Created: 5/30/2006 5:08 PM MST - Updated: 5/30/2006 6:00 PM MST
FREMONT COUNTY - Search crews found a boy who had been missing for almost four days Saturday Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities say 8-year-old Evan Thompson was found alive and well at about 4:20 p.m. Authorities say he was uninjured.
"This is wonderful news," said Zak Slutzsky with Western State Mountain Rescue. "We never give up hope on anyone."
Crews had found fresh tracks earlier in the day. Thompson's "Spider-Man" sneakers left the image of a spider in the dirt, so his tracks were easy to identify.
Thompson disappeared during a camping trip along Shelf Road between Cripple Creek and Canon City in the Red Canyon Park area Saturday morning.
Thompson was walked out of the area from where he was found. It was not immediately known where exactly he was found and how far away it was from the camp site.
The Alpine Rescue Team, the National Guard and the Civil Air Patrol all helped local law enforcement agencies in the search. There were about 90 people on the ground, plus four tracking dogs.
One searcher fell Tuesday and was taken out by ambulance with minor injuries.
Thompson has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and had been without his medication for several days. That had concerned search crews because the medication helps him focus.
Now that he's been found, Thompson's aunt, Teddi Gray, told 9NEWS she wants to treat him to hot dogs, pickles and raspberry slurpees.
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Praise the Lord. That child's guardian angel worked overtime to protect him.
Wow. 8 years old. Lucky kid. Good news. Happy for the family
Great news! Can't imagine a little boy just a year older than my son out in the wilderness for 4 days. How he's grown now, probably 4 years in 4 days.
He may have to file a product liability suit against them. There's hard evidence that at least one of those "charms" (possibly more) was not lucky.
Thank God - this is truly remarkable!
Note that the article makes a big deal of his being without his medication for several days. His medication being Ritalin. Oh jeez.
I bet it was the green shamrocks. Happens all the time :)
thank the lord for his one
I don't think I could last three days in the woods with the crop of mosquitos we have this year. There would be no blood left in me.
The wet spring was good for morel mushroom picking but we are starting to pay the price, "big time".
poor thing! He not only went through a scary time on his own but he also went through withdrawl of his ADD meds during this. I'm glad he was found and is ok.
ADHD is not even an actual affliction. it's made up, in my opinion, so that working Moms and parents who don't want or don't have the stomach to discipline their kids can have an excuse to medicate them. good Lord. i mean, we didnt have ritalin for thousands of years and now all of a sudden 40% of male children are supposedly suffering from it. it's called being a boy, for crying out loud. i can only imagine what this drug is doing to the boys of the US and how it is going to affect their development.
30 years from now the country will be ruled by women. God help us all.
Thanks, you spoke for a lot of us.
Morels they are GREAT and fun to hunt for. Fried of coarse since I am from the south.
ADHD + sugary cereal = lost boy.
If they weren't Lucky Charms, however, he would have been a goner.
"Now that he's been found, Thompson's aunt, Teddi Gray, told 9NEWS she wants to treat him to hot dogs, pickles and raspberry slurpees."
Lady, feed him that and he'll vanish again.
Thank God he was found...But you hafta wonder if he wasn't in some sort of stupor from his forced drug addiction and wandered off in a daze...
Luckily he didn't wander into Jack's Valley. They would have found him trying to complete the obstacle course while being screamed at by a caring sensitive Cadre.
Good news! Thanks for posting.
LoL.. very suspicious... ;)
And fried only in butter...!~
I'd tend to agree with you in many cases, but not all, based on my experiences coaching my now-8 yr old son's baseball team.
We had a kid on his team last year who had ADHD (or at least some affliction) and it was severe, and it was not a discipline issue. He was not a bad kid and by the end of the season he had really grown on me.
But sheesh, was he tough to coach. On some days I had to literally stand next to him in the field to try to keep his focus on the game. Sometimes he couldn't even hold the bat up to swing. Other times he'd hit the ball and run to third base. If you bat 3 times in a game and you know to run to first base the first two times and you run to third the last time, something's wrong. Some games he would be quiet and lethargic and others he'd be hanging on the fence in the dugout.
I really felt for his parents and they were very appreciative of the extra effort the other coaches and I gave to him.
Do I think people jump to the ADHD conclusion too quickly? Yes. I think some doctors may be giving these drugs out "upon request" rather than diagnosing an actual problem (if it can really be measured). But I think there are kids who really have problems.
I assume while you were coaching, the kid was severely drugged up...Wonder what he was like without the drugs...
There really are a few kids who have ADHD, and can be shown with computer assisted evaluation to have impaired learning and to show significant improvement with Ritalin.
No doubt you are right about many of the cases, but for the ones who are significantly impaired, they can't learn and then are left out and left behind and then get into a lot of trouble.
Choosing Ritalin for a significantly impaired child rather than abandoning him to a life prone to crime is not a bad choice.
Without the Ritalin, they don't respond to discipline. They are too impulsive and distractible to learn in school or to learn from mothers and fathers disciplining them at home.
A large part of good discipline is being able to praise a child when he does well, not just scold them when they stray from the rules of proper behavior. With Ritalin these significantly impaired children can achieve in school and can learn to follow the rules of good behavior at home, and can finally get some praise for a change.
"it's made up, in my opinion, so that working Moms and parents who don't want or don't have the stomach to discipline their kids can have an excuse to medicate them."
You have no clue.
Sometimes (but not in all) I think symptoms can be taken care of by changes in diet. My six year old will not focus at times and would probably seem like he has ADD, but those are the times we know he has had too many carbs or sugar and needs more protein.
Not always... There were some games where his dad would stop by to tell us that his son was having "a bad day", which I always took to mean that he didn't take his meds that day.
Not to judge someone else's parenting, but I could never understand how they could drop him off to us like that and go sit in the bleachers and let us deal with it. Occasionally when things got really wacky, his father would come into the dugout and sit with him, but rarely.
He was certainly not a bad kid - there was never any issues with him getting along with the other players - he mostly interacted with the coaches and his communications skills were kind of poor. It was mainly an issue of focus, which is always an issue with at least 2 or 3 kids on any team I have coached, but his was the worst case I ever saw.
Thanks be to God!!
My son had a major allergic reaction to artificial colors. His symptoms were exactly like those kids allegedly diagnosed with ADD. I didn't feed him sugary, color-laden cereals, candy, soda, etc and he was just fine. I always knew when his friends gave him Skittles or some such garbage...he was near impossible to deal with for a 24 hour period...he was so hyped up.
There are way more colors in food products...especially for kids...than when I was growing up. Yeah, there were candies and bakery items with them back then, but the concentration and brightness (ie: amount used) is incredible in most kids...and adults diets these days.
Oh, my son is now eighteen-years-old and occassionally partakes of a soda...piece of candy, etc...but for the most part, is uninterested in that stuff...he loves fruit...which is expensive, but not nearly as expensive as if he ate junk food as his source of nourishment.
Praise God, my husband and I stayed the course and didn't give in to our son's begging. He learned real quick, we weren't going to budge in that department. He received a little candy or colored sugar at Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and on his Birthday from us...but not the rest of those years.
Just saw this on the overnight news. Hurray for Evan!
I never heard a follow-up on this story. Or did I miss it? How did an 8-year-old boy survive 4 days & 3 nights by himself in rugged wilderness?