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Missing 18-year-old found alive in the desert

By Ric Wayman, St. George News  |  Posted Jun 19th, 2017 @ 12:32pm


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ST. GEORGE — Rylan Ihde, missing since Friday, was found alive Monday and reunited with his father.

The 18-year-old was reported missing after the Utah Highway Patrol found an abandoned car at milepost 185 on Interstate 15, near the Scipio summit.

Eric Idhe spoke with St. George News Sunday about his concerns for his missing son.

Rylan Ihde’s aunt, Leslie Ihde, contacted St. George News Monday morning with the following email: "Eric found his son in the desert near his car alive and dehydrated."

Rylan Ihde apparently ran out of gas Friday near Scipio. He decided to hitchhike to the next town. A car picked him up and made a U-turn to take him back to Scipio, Eric Ihde told St. George News.

However, he was convinced the driver was traveling in the wrong direction, so he demanded to get out of the car. He got out and headed up into the woods.

To read the full story, visit St. George News.

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