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Saturday
Aug132011

Update: Boy Scout Jarod Ropelato Found in Utah Wilderness

Andreas Rentz/Getty Images(SALT LAKE CITY) -- Boy Scout Jared Ropelato, who disappeared Friday in Utah's Ashley National Forest, was found Saturday about five miles from where he went missing, the local sheriff announced.

Jared, 12, was found by searchers on ATV's near the head gate to Long's Park canal, according to a statement from the Dagget County Sheriff's Office.

Despite being lost in the rough terrain for more than 20 hours, Jared was found to be in good health by EMTs who examined him at the search command post.

The resourceful Boy Scout built himself a lean-to to sleep in and and help himself stay warm when temperatures dipped into the 40s overnight, sheriff's office spokeswoman Karen Peterson said.

Jared Ropelato, 12, of Hooper, Utah, went missing Friday around noon local time as his troop fished in Utah's Ashley National Forest.

Ropelato, of Hooper, Utah, went missing around noon on Friday after separating from his troop during a fishing trip in a wooded area near Daggett Lake and Spirit Lake, officials said.

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Saturday
Aug132011

Boy Scout Jarod Ropelato Still Missing in Utah Wilderness

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(SALT LAKE CITY) -- The search for missing Boy Scout Jared Ropelato resumed early Saturday morning in Utah's Ashley National Forest, with volunteers fanning out at dawn along with search and rescue teams.

So far, searchers have seen no trace of Ropelato, 12, of Hooper, Utah, who went missing around noon Friday after separating from his troop during a fishing trip in a wooded area near Daggett Lake and Spirit Lake, officials said.

"At some point, he either went to get some lures or wandered away from the lake," Karen Peterson, a spokeswoman for the Daggett County Sheriff's Office in Manila, Utah, told ABC News Radio, "and they discovered him missing around 12."

After 20 or more searchers scoured the area accessible only on foot or by horseback for much of the day Friday, searchers got back at it early Saturday.

"We've got people coming in on horseback," Peterson said. "We've got at least eight to nine K9 teams."

The weather appeared to be cooperating.

"It is a nice day," Peterson said. "Right now, up in that area, it's about 57 degrees and it will probably get into the 80s lower down."

Late into the night, searchers hunted for any sign of Ropelato.

As afternoon turned into night, his anxious parents worried he may not be prepared for a night alone in the woods—no backpack, no warm clothes, just his early scout training.

"We don't go very much with him to the outdoors," said his father, Larry Ropelato, "so he's not real familiar."

However, Jared is the youngest of five brothers, all dedicated to scouting. The four oldest are Eagle Scouts.

"I know he knows all the scout laws," said Dawn Ropelato, Jared's mother. "I hope that as he realized he was lost that he was smart enough to think about the things he's been taught."

Their mother, like the rest of the family, believes Jared will be found and will continue his family's scouting tradition.

"I do have faith that he'll be able to put this on again and earn his eagle and learn," she said. "I'm sure he's learned something from this."

She said her son probably is "probably pretty sad and scared. But I also believe that he does know to pray and he does believe in a father in heaven."

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Friday
Aug122011

Boy Scout Jared Ropelato, 12, Missing at Spirit Lake, Utah

Andreas Rentz/Getty Images(SALT LAKE CITY) -- Officials hope a Boy Scout missing in the Utah wilderness can find a safe place to hunker down overnight after at least 20 searchers failed to locate him on Friday.

Jared Ropelato, 12, of Hooper, Utah, went missing Friday around noon local time as his troop fished in Utah's Spirit Lake, according to a search official and ABC 4 News in Salt Lake City.

At last count, 20 people were searching for Ropelato by air and by ground, Karen Peterson, a spokeswoman for the Daggett County Sheriff's Office in Manila, Utah, told ABC News Radio Friday evening. 

It is possible another 15-20 searchers could be added late Friday. If the search continued into Saturday, she said, local officials would welcome more assistance.

Cell service is very spotty in the regsion so that may have delayed reporting about Ropelato's disappearance.  His parents were reportedly notified via text and then called the sheriff's department.

The terrain where Ropelato went missing is rough and accessible only on foot or by horse, she said, but if he remains on the trails he should be able to be located.

The temperature in the area has been around 80 degrees during the day and in the low 60s at night, she said. 

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