(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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