A 10-year-old boy has been found safe and sound after he went missing for about 30-hours when he became separated on a family hike in the Utah mountains. Malachi Bradley got lost near the Wyoming border on Sunday morning when he was looking for mushrooms with his family. The emotional reunion with his parents was seen on the morning news as the search and rescue team brings the boy to his family.
Malachi had gone on this hike with his dad, siblings and his father’s friend. They were in the area of a remote lake in the Uinta Mountains, about 200 miles east of Salt Lake City, when the boy became separated from the group and became lost. The group went back to the car to see if Malachi was waiting there, but that wasn’t the case.
MSN News on August 24 reports that after about 30 minutes had passed and Malachi didn’t come back to the car from the hike, his father walked to an area with cell-phone reception and called 911. Even though it is August, the weather in the Uinta Mountains can be brutal and that became a concern as the night fell and the boy was nowhere to be found.
Back in 2004 Kevin Bardsley’s son, Garrett Bardsley, went missing from his family’s campsite in the Uinta Mountains. The 12-year-old boy has never been found. He also went missing at the end of August and a few days into the search, the area was blanketed in a snow storm. The temperatures on the mountains this week dipped into the low 30s and the authorities worried about hyperthermia with the boy missing overnight, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
Malachi had a back pack and a coat with him so he did have something to wear when the temperatures hovered near the freezing mark. His father had taught him what to do if he ever became lost. Malachi said he burrowed in against some rocks overnight to keep warm and out of the wind, according to “Fox and Friends” live on Tuesday morning.
There was about 80 people searching the rural area, as folks came from neighboring towns to help look for the 10-year-old boy. Private citizens searched the ground and authorities searched from the ground and from the air for the young missing hiker.
The search was suspended overnight and started up again at first light. Thankfully this story had a happy ending with Malachi spotted by the searchers, which led to a happy reunion with his family members.
Bardsley who is well acquainted with the area, expressed how easily it is to become disoriented in this terrain. He said, “It’s like finding a needle in a haystack. I’ve had grown men sit down for lunch, stand up and say they knew which way they were going to the car, looked down at the GPS and realized they would have been going completely in the wrong direction.”