Briefly Missing 6-Year-Old Found By Medical Helicopter in Duchesne County

A 6-year-old went briefly missing last week in Duchesne County but thankfully was spotted by the crew of a medical helicopter assisting on the search. According to Sgt. Carl Reilley, deputies were dispatched on July 6th on a call of a missing person near the end of Five Mile Road and Gate Canyon Ridge.The caller said he’d been searching for his grandson for 30 minutes but could not find him. Classic Air Medical was put on standby and Sgt. Reilley began working with Deputy Jeff Williams to try and find who it was that had called dispatch in order to get a starting point. Unable to find the man who called, Sgt. Reilley asked dispatchers to send Classic Air Medical to the area to help with the search, partly because it was a hot 94 degrees at the time and the terrain in the area was extremely rugged. The man was ultimately found and was able to show where the child’s last footprints were found. “Reilley and Sheriff David Boren began following the tracks left by the child’s size 4 cowboy boots, while Williams waited for the helicopter to arrive,” shares the Sheriff’s Office release. “When the helicopter reached the scene, Reilley let the crew know what direction the child’s tracks were heading and asked the pilot to fly ahead of searchers on the ground.”After about 15 minutes, Classic Air Medical spotted the child about 6 nautical miles from where he was last seen. The helicopter picked up the child and he was reunited with his very grateful grandfather and father, who had just arrived. The child was “tired and disoriented but healthy” and was treated at the scene.

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.