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Missing Garrard County teen found

CRAB ORCHARD, Ky. (WKYT) - It was certainly the ending that search and rescue crews were hoping for. 16-year-old Tyler Jordan made his way out of the woods to call for help.

"He walked out on his own to a residence on the other side of the mountain," said David East, the Public Information Officer for Garrard County Emergency Management.

About two miles from the area where he lost his bearings and had to stay the night in the woods, Tyler Jordan emerged, and relatively unharmed.

According to emergency officials, Jordan did exactly what he was supposed to do when lost in the woods at night.

"Rule of thumb is to stay where you are, not to go in deeper. That's when you get into more trouble. Especially if you're not familiar with the terrain and don't have any clue what direction you're going or where you're at," said Jordan.

And around 14 hours after going missing in the woods near his home on Narrow Gap Road, Jordan was reunited with family after being checked out by Garrard County EMT's.

Tyler's parents came to the fire station to pick him up. He had some scrapes and cuts, but other than that, he was ok.

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Officials tell us a missing Garrard County teen has been found.

Officials say Tyler Jordan walked out of the woods shortly after 8:30am Monday morning and seems to be in good condition.

We'll have more information when it becomes available.

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Crews have suspended the search for a teenager who disappeared while walking with friends.

Several units were searching the area of Narrow Gap Road between Berea and Crab Orchard for 16-year-old Tyler Jordan who was reported missing by his family around 10pm Sunday night. Crews were out for several hours overnight searching for Jordan through heavily wooded terrain. He was last seen hiking with friends.

Emergency crews say when they realized the area they were working with they enlisted the help of eight other agencies in the search. Friends of Jordan say he was walking ahead of them with his dog when he went missing. They say Jordan's dog came back to the group at one point but that they never saw him return.

Officials say they'd searched approximately 250 acres as of 6am Monday morning, both on foot and on ATVs.

They are expected to resume searching around 8am Monday morning.


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