Alex Cabrero ReportingAfter three days of being reported missing, three young from Duchesne County returned home. It turns out, as far as they knew, they were never missing at all. But it's been quite a week for the small town of Neola.
No one knew where the three were. They were last seen in Texas until they popped up back home late last night. It was certainly an interesting reunion, all the emotions from sad to mad, to happy and glad.
Of course, everyone wanted to know what happened and why they never called home.
Jayson Iorg, Neola Resident: “It’s good to know everybody cares about me that much.”
There's no doubt Jayson Iorg is a little embarrassed.
Jayson Iorg: “We just got lost.”
Since Monday morning, a search has been on for Iorg and two of his buddies, Nathan Rasmussen and Len Boren. They were following their boss to a job in Houston, Texas.
Jayson Iorg: "We stopped for gas and he pulled out a little quicker than we did, and we couldn't really catch him."
So Iorg says they turned around, got a hotel, and headed back to Utah the next morning, and got lost. Their boss looked for them, but couldn't find them and called police, fearing something bad happened.
Jason Iorg: “I had no idea the searches and stuff were on.”
But their families in Neola did, and spent the past couple of days fearing the worse.
Lacie Iorg, Jayson's Sister: “I hate not knowing where they are. I hate it.”
Janna Rasmussen, Nathan's Mother: “Please, all I want is a phone call. I just want to know he’s alive.”
The three men could've called at any gas station on the way home, but they didn't. They say they never knew anything was wrong, even though their families say they've always called to check in.
Jayson Iorg: “I had no idea that was going on, or I would’ve called or something. But I had no idea that would happen. But I’m really thankful.”
Really thankful and really embarrassed. Wednesday night, before they came home, we asked Janna Rasmussen what would happen if her son and his friends all of a sudden came home.
Janna Rasmussen: “There’s gonna be a butt whipping and then a big party.”
Yeah, there were certainly some long talks last night and this morning. Everyone in town is talking about it, but you know at least we can laugh about this now. It's a lot better than what we were thinking yesterday.