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UPDATE: Missing Camp Courageous camper found

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JONES COUNTY (KWWL) -

The executive director for Camp Courageous says the missing 13-year-old camper from Camp Courageous has been found.

The Jones County Sheriff's Office says Camp Courageous reported the missing camper at 7:15 p.m. Monday.

The boy, who has severe autism, had last been seen walking south on a trail headed to a campsite.

The executive director for Camp Courageous says the missing 13-year-old camper from Camp Courageous has been found.

The Jones County Sheriff's Office says Camp Courageous reported the missing camper at 7:15 p.m. Monday.

The boy, who has severe autism, had last been seen walking south on a trail headed to a campsite.

The camper is believed to have wandered off while a counselor's attention was briefly focused elsewhere.

The camper left the trail, disappearing into a heavily-wooded area.

"We keep that ratio really close as far as camper to counselor, but still it takes a split second, and all of a sudden you're out looking for somebody really quick," said camp director Charlie Becker.

A group of more than 200 people, made up of first responders and volunteers, searched for the missing boy late Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Authorities say around 8:15 Tuesday morning, an Iowa State Patrol aircraft spotted the boy walking along the Maquoketa River, about three miles down stream from where he had disappeared the night before. The camper appeared to be in good health.

"It was just a real accidental situation, and we'll be meeting more with the people involved to make sure that we can take every step possible to not have this happen again," Becker said.

Becker says the boy was taken to a hospital to be checked out.  He added that everything looks good and he is very thankful to all the people involved in the search, including EMTs, firefighters and police officers.

Camp Courageous is a year-round recreational and respite care facility serving more than 6,500 campers with special needs each year.

 

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