They are saying thanks to all those who helped, even though in the end, Norman Harp didn't come out of the woods alive. Family and friends say they are at least thankful that he was found.
The family of Norman Harp can't seem to hold back the tears when they think about the loss of their beloved uncle and brother.
"We're glad that we finally found him. We wasn't expecting for this turn out. At least we know where he's at and he's not down in the woods anymore," said Norman's sister Dorethia Bowling.
His family says while he wasn't a father, he considered all of his nieces and nephews as his own children.
"Norman is my uncle, and I want to thank everybody out there that helped him and all the prayers that have been going on," said Norman's niece Samantha Harp.
His loved ones are now trying to remember the good times. They say he loved hunting and fishing and enjoyed playing video games, especially with his nieces and nephews.
The family says they're still in shock that Harp didn't make it out of the woods alive.
"I wasn't giving up hope regardless whether he was out there 6 days, 6 weeks, 6 months, it didn't matter," Dorethia said.
Family members say they plan to make funeral arrangements Saturday.
Harp's niece, Jennifer says his biggest dream in life, was to be on the news. She says she's happy his wish finally came true, even if it was a bittersweet ending.