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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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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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