Brothers missing 17 hours found alive
CALLOWAY COUNTY, Ky. - Two boys, just 5 and 7 years old, were found alive Friday morning after 17 hours alone in the woods.
The ordeal started Thursday afternoon when Cameron Davis, 5, and his brother Ben, 7, went outside to play after school.
Their grandmother last saw them at 4:00 near their home on Dunbar Road in the New Concord community.
A massive search got underway around 8 p.m. Thursday night.
A neighbor, who tells Local 6, he had been lost in the same woods, located the boys around nine Friday morning. They were on Blood River Road, about four miles from their grandmother's home.
Uncle Jerry Davis said he is grateful for the boys' safe return.
"If we didn't find 'em today there was no chance," he said Friday afternoon, breaking into sobs.
Davis joined the search early Friday and turned his attention to Blood River Road. Just 100 yards away, Jason Vandenburgh later located the pair.
Vandenburgh, grew up in the woods, and said he just knew where to look, "As long as everything was okay with them and they were walking I knew where they were going to come out."
Sure enough, 17 hours later, the brothers were found walking along the side of the road, still trying to find their way.
"They said said they were cold, ready to go home, shower, and eat," Vandenburgh remembered, adding he had no food but the boys gladly accepted some chewing gum.
Jerry Davis says he was more than happy to take care of the boys when they returned home, "They had three waffles a piece, two brownies, one had three eggs, one had two eggs- they were filled to the gills."
That is when Davis said Good Friday became something more, "It's a perfect Friday."
Sheriff Bill Marcum said Friday he was proud of his deputies, the dozens of volunteers and the boys, "The one little feller said they got under a rock and put a whole bunch of leaves over them to stay warm."
Marcum said he told their grandmother later he thought the boys had watched a few episodes of Survivor.