Missing man found alive after 8 nights in the forest
A man missing in the Croatan National Forest has been found alive after eight nights spent in the woods.
The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office said on Sunday that Joshua Clauson, 20, had come out of a wooded area near a house in Newport and the owner had called authorities.
The Coastal Forest about 135 miles southeast of Raleigh is approximately 160,000 acres of forest, saltwater estuaries, swamps and raised bogs and is home to poisonous bears and snakes.
Clauson was out for a walk on May 29 with a family member when they got lost and then separated, officials said. The relative found his way out by following the sounds of passing vehicles, but officials said crews searched for Clauson from the air and on the ground for five days without success.
The search involving more than 200 trained search and rescue professionals was called off Thursday when crews exhausted and conditions deteriorated. Sheriff Asa Buck said the area’s dense vegetation made it difficult for searchers to move around and see very far into the field.
Clauson was rushed to hospital in difficult condition, but he should be fine.
Buck told WITN-TV that Clauson told detectives he was able to feed on rainwater. Buck, who has been a sheriff for almost 15 years, said it was the longest attempt to find someone lost in the woods and their survival “could be a miracle.”