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Missing Cache County camper found

By Pat Reavy | Posted - Jul 25th, 2013 @ 5:38pm

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HYRUM, Cache County — Search and rescue teams found Ogden resident Jerry Duran, the camper that has been missing since Wednesday.

Duran, 21, was hot, tired and hungry, but otherwise in good health when found by Sgt. Jake Peterson from the Cache County sheriff's office.

Peterson and another officer were on their way to the campsite to speak with Duran's family when they spotted Duran walking down the road without a shirt on.

Peterson said that Duran was a little confused and tired, but otherwise in good health. Duran told Peterson that he walked all night in order to stay warm.

Duran suffered severe brain trauma in recent years and functions on the level of a 7-year-old, said Cache County Sheriff's Lt. Brian Locke. He was camping with his family Wednesday when he got into a disagreement with his father about 5:30 p.m. and ran off, Locke said.

Duran did not have food, water or a coat with him, so searchers hoped to find him before sundown Thursday.

The family wasn't initially too concerned because Duran has done the same thing in the past but has always returned.

"He's taken off before from their house in Ogden and been gone awhile, and then comes back. And I think that's kind of what they were looking at. They didn't think much of it," Locke said.

The sheriff's office was called about 3 a.m. Thursday.

Four search teams, some using K-9s, were assisted in the search in the Six-bit area, which is about 13 miles southeast of Hardware Ranch. Crews from Rich County were also involved.

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