The search for a missing hunter in the woods near Cumberland Falls State Park, entered it's fifth day Wednesday and the man in charge of the investigation says he remains confident, 46 year old Norman Harp is still alive and still moving.
Rescue officials say Norman Harp does not have many factors in his favor. Of course there's the cold weather, and the fact that that he can't see, hear, or walk well due to a diabetic condition that continues to worry family members and rescue workers. But those same rescue officials say that people facing the harshest conditions oftentimes surprise them with their ability to survive. That's why they remain hopeful as they expand their search.
Rescue crews are hiking by foot, up hills, searching through briar patches, and under cliff walls. This is the terrain not only facing Norman Harp, but rescue crews and family members searching for him. Rescue officials say they're following up on many leads, including a neighbor who may have seen Harp last night.
"If you're not careful it's real easy to miss stuff, and that's why we're kind of redundant in checking the same places over again," said Joe Bradshaw who is assisting in the search.
Some rescue workers are saying it's a very good possibility that Harp could have crossed roads, or gotten a car ride to another part of the forest. Without insulin, family members say Norman Harp could become delusional and is most likely exhausted.
Everyone at the scene is keeping their fingers crossed, but obviously with each passing day, the search is getting a little more difficult, especially since many of the rescue crews are volunteers missing work to search for this missing man.