June 12, 2019

Wednesday (Moderated) Open Thread (061219)

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Positivity: Missing Arkansas hiker Josh McClatchy found alive after 6 days in woods

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Mena, Arkansas (video at link):

Jun 8, 2019, 5:35 AM ET

Searchers in rural Arkansas are celebrating Saturday after missing hiker Josh McClatchy was found alive one week after he went missing in the woods of Polk County.

McClatchy, 37, was reported missing on June 1 after he went on a hike in the Caney Creek Wilderness area, but ended up getting lost. The Texas native texted his mother to say he needed help, but cellphone service was spotty at best and he was unable to give much help as to his location.

Those texts a week ago were the last anyone had heard from McClatchy until Friday night.

After weather and timing issues, search-and-rescue crews finally had a good window for a National Guard helicopter, equipped with infrared technology, to locate McClatchy, according to Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer.

Sawyer said McClatchy is in good shape and good spirits, but he is dehydrated.

He was transported to Mena Regional Health System in Mena, Arkansas, for further evaluation. McClatchy’s parents and sister, who regularly posted search updates on a Facebook page, are with him at the hospital. …

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