Boy, 6, Survives In Freezing Vermont Wilderness For 20 Hours

Mon, November 26, 2012 3:00pm EST by 5 Comments
JoJo McCray Missing Vermont Freezing
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Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ McCray was separated from his family who was hunting in the Vermont woods on Nov. 24 — and ended up spending nearly an entire day alone in freezing temperatures.

Joseph “Jo Jo” McCray, 6, is lucky to be alive after he spent 20 hours alone in the freezing cold Vermont Wilderness. Jo Jo and his family went on a hunting trip on Nov. 24, but shortly after they entered the woods and spread out, the little boy wandered away from the group.

When he did not return to their designated meeting spot at the designated time, his family began to worry — and called the Vermont State Police around 2:45 p.m. to file a missing persons report.

The little boy was not familiar with the area, nor was he carrying a cell phone at the time.

More than 100 members of the Vermont State Police Search and Rescue team, Fish and Game Commission, local fire departments, and local residents helped search for the boy, which included fly-overs at night with the help of the Customs and Border Protection department.

A group of state troopers finally found the boy, who was taken to a nearby hospital for examination, although he appeared to be in good health.

We’re so happy Jo Jo is all right! What an amazing recovery. Don’t YOU agree HollyMoms?

– Christina Stiehl

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Posted at 8:00 AM on November 28, 2012  

Btw volunteer firefighters actually finally found the boy with state police and game wardens. And may have found him the night before if the police weren’t so egotistical !

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Posted at 10:02 PM on November 26, 2012  

I’m from Vermont, this is very sad. They sent him out on his own and told him to meet them back at a specific place and time.

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Posted at 5:30 PM on November 26, 2012  

Hollywood Life tends to exagerate things. The story above makes it seem like his family let him off on his own, when in reality he wandered away from his family. Either way, I’m glad he’s safe. If our nephews go hunting with us, it’s only when we’re in the blinds. We don’t take them around while we walk and hunt…there’s no telling what you will encounter. Snakes, wild hogs are all a hazard…not to mention them separating, getting lost, and being mistaken for an animal.

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Posted at 3:13 PM on November 26, 2012  

Don’t get me wrong, but what in the hell iz a 6 year old wandering off!!!! There’something wrong with that picture!!!

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Posted at 8:47 AM on November 27, 2012  

Agreed! If hes only 6 they should have had a better eye on him! If he is known for wondering off, Leave the kid at home! I tell you people are getting stupid these days. Like do you expect a 6 yr old to remember the meeting spot? Its not like hes 14

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