Two young missing boys found alive in Kentucky gorge

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Posted: Oct 09, 2015 3:23 PM

By Steve Bittenbender

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Two young cousins who went missing during a family camping trip in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky were found safe on Friday afternoon after about 20 hours, authorities said.

Michael Esposito, 5, and his cousin, Adrian Ross, 7, apparently wandered off on Thursday night while their families were setting up camp, Kentucky State Police Master Trooper Joe Veeneman said.

Veeneman said he did not know their condition.

More than 100 searchers including state police, the Wolfe County Search and Rescue Team and other first responders combed the Red River Gorge area where the boys had last been seen.

"We found them!!!!!," the Wolfe County Search and Rescue Team said on its Facebook page. "More details to come, but the missing juveniles have been located safe."

The recreation area is known for its canyons and steep slopes. Last year, an Ohio man camping in the area fell 60 feet while sleepwalking.

(Reporting by Steve Bittenbender; Editing by David Bailey and Sandra Maler)