Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 25, 2013

Mercer trooper searches three hours to find family in woods

CAMP CREEK — A West Virginia state trooper who had just come on duty on a chilly Sunday afternoon, Nov. 17, responded to a call for help from a family of five lost on a trail in Camp Creek State Park, and searched three hours on foot before finding the family, and bringing them out safely.

Trooper J.L. Morris of the Princeton Detachment, West Virginia State Police, received the call concerning the lost family at about 4:30 p.m., on Nov. 17.

“They were from the Ghent area and thought they knew where they were on the trail,” Morris said. “There were two parents, two teenagers and a 6-year-old,” Morris said.

Morris responded from the Princeton Detachment, drove to Camp Creek State Park and began walking into the woods surrounding the park. It took him about three hours to find the family.

“They were cold and tired,” Morris said. “They were about six or seven miles up in the woods. We walked out at about 9 p.m. and I returned to finish my shift.”

An unidentified Mercer County resident who was aware of the lost family and of the trooper’s search, contacted the Bluefield Daily Telegraph on the night of Nov. 17, to personally commend the trooper for his efforts, but Morris could not be reached that night for comment.

He was finally reached at the start of his shift on Sunday, Nov. 24.

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