UPDATE - Various Story Links at the Bottom
Unlike, say - Lenslinger - I haven’t been sitting around in an edit bay this week looking at file footage and trying to conjure up ways to get my site meter spinning. That was last week for the former and Yesterday and Today for the latter.
I was almost going to skip writing about my treks Monday and Tuesday to cover the search for the missing Boy Scout that quickly became a national news story, but how could I? I was a boy scout when I was his age. I am a Boy Scout Leader (for a Cub Scout Den) now.
So here goes.
Monday morning I got the word as I walked in the door. Head to the Mountain.
I knew it was coming, I had watched the weekend coverage from the safety of my home Saturday and Sunday. I had a knot in my stomach by Monday morning though, because it was approaching the 48 hour mark since Michael Auberry had disapeared.
Caron Myers and I joined our colleges at the scene in McGrady, NC at the base of the mountains that form the National Park where the Scout was lost.
And by the time we arrived Monday morning this story wasn't just a North Carolina story. Crews from Fox, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, etc...etc... had arrived on the scene of the crossroads with a post office, but no stoplight.
We wrapped an 11 hour Monday high above the chaos in McGrady fronting a 90 second story about a group of scouts that traveled 4 hours to come help in the search almost to be turned away before being allowed to help serve food to the searchers.
We drove back home Monday night knowing that somewhere in that vast forest was a missing Scout.
We came back to the mountain on Tuesday. About halfway into the 2 hour trek we got the call that Michael had been found....ALIVE. We had to make up some time on the road to get there and have any chance at getting the crucial details on camera.
We went through McGrady barely stopping and headed straight to the location where the searchers were staging.
We hoped this would be where the Found Scout would be brought to. It turned out that he wasn't but the crew that found him did come back to this location and we interviewed the dog handler that found Michael and watched as the Scout's Leaders gave the crew a round of applause and a bunch of big hugs.
We went back to our perch high up on the mountain summit and did our part to broadcast the good news.
Links to all the good news....
Scout's Mom Speaks
ABC Good Morning America
Fox News - Rick Levanthal Blog
London Free Press
CBS News Video