Experts: Brotherly love helped boys survive the wilderness


Reporter - Robert Bradfield
Photojournalist - Justin Jones
Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

McCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. - Even though Ben and Cameron Davis are 5 and 7 years-old, Calloway County Sheriff Bill Marcum says the boys acted like grown-ups and knew what to do when they got lost in woods Thursday night.

"It's very easy to get turned around back there," said Danny West.

He says they can be a soothing site, but West said they can also be confusing. "If you don't know the area, you get lost, especially for a little kid," he said.

Thursday night, that's what happened to Ben and Cameron Davis They lost their way, spending the night together. For Dr. Colleen Ryan, the chief psychiatrist at Union City's Baptist Behavioral Healthcare, it's that brotherly bond that aided in their survival.

"It really was fortunate in many ways that they were together. They are brothers, they have a relationship. I'm sure they wanted each other to survive," Dr. Ryan said.

She said how they were able to do it is just as uplifting - by covering themselves in leaves, she said the boys showed a determination to protect each other during a wet and lonely night.

"That would have been probably the most threat to them, the cold. So, they figured out what to do to stay warm," she said.

Marshall County Rescue Squad member Kurt Kurtner applauds the boys actions, but said they may have been found sooner, if they had stayed put. He urges others who face the same situation to hug a tree.

"If they can stay put, it makes it a lot easier," Kurtner said.