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Boy Found After Overnight Camping Incident

By: Wendy Enneking Email
By: Wendy Enneking Email

It was supposed to be a fun summer camping trip along the Kentucky River in Jessamine County. But, it quickly turned into a nightmare for 16-year-old Russell Gentry. At some point during the excursion, he found himself running from the people who were supposed to be his friends.

Gentry reportedly went with a group of teens to camp along the Kentucky River near Wilmore in Jessamine County. During the night, he got into a fight with his fellow campers. In a cell phone call to his mother, Laura Gentry, Russell was said to be in a panic and running for his life. Gentry says she could hear someone in the background telling her son, "Today is your day to die." Then, she says, the phone went dead.

Russell reportedly swam downstream and across the river to an area he was familiar with. He fell asleep in a car. Ironically, that car was located just yards from where search and rescue crews had set up a command post. When he woke up, he went into a friend's home to get something to drink. A resident in the home encouraged him to go out and let rescue personnel know that he was safe.

Police say they have released all of those involved in the incident but charges could still be filed including assault and terroristic threatening.

Laura Gentry says she will not let her son go to Wilmore again as she fears for his safety.


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