Missing Hunters Found

Two hunters who disappeared during a stormy overnight have emerged from the woods.

Craven County Emergency Manager Stanley Kite tells WITN, the two men were found around 7:20 a.m. They had been hunting at Catfish Lake near New Bern. Kite says the two got lost in the woods and had a rough night with the stormy weather.

Craven County started searching for the two at 2 a.m. Thursday. No one had heard from the hunters since 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. They were reported missing to authorities in Onslow County.

The names of the hunters have not been released.

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The search is on right now for two hunters who have not been heard from since 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Craven County dispatchers say the search is focused on the Catfish Lake area, which is about seven miles east of New Bern, on Highway 55. The PEDRO helicopter has been called out to search for the two missing hunters by air.

Dispatchers say the initial report came from Onslow County, but the search is at Catfish Lake in Craven County.

We will update this story with new details as soon as possible.

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  • by Anon on Dec 4, 2009 at 03:04 PM
    To all of you who grew up around the catfish lake woods, I am very happy that you have never gotten lost. I would expect nothing less! Nor would I expect you to understand the seriousness of this incident, but hope you might have some respect for the families and not write trashy comments. These two individuals, both conscientious and dependable, had no intent to lose their way or have their families worry all night long. From various reliable sources I have learned that it is indeed easy to lose your way in that thick, wooded area. I am extremely grateful that emergency services were able to provide assistance. As far as taxpayer dollars are concerned, I would be more worried about the people who have nothing better to do than sit at their computers all day and write idiotic comments on this website. Hopefully you will never have to experience something like this either as the person lost in the woods or the family left behind, waiting for the word that their loved one is safe.
  • by Tod Location: 7 springs on Dec 4, 2009 at 10:14 AM
    No I'm not scarred, My gpa was out making money for his family. In the 1970's a raccoon sold for 18-20 bucks so catching 4-5 per night was 100.00$ which would fill the gas tanks all month or buy a weeks groceries, and he raised a bunch of kids they had kids all of whom could spend all night around catfish lake and not get lost if they tried. That place is lousy with roads you can follow out . I am glad they are safe really, but hope thay make a donation to the county emergency services for the trouble and expense. Tax payers money should go for real unforseeable emergencies , not to people who didnt study the map .
  • by To Tod on Dec 4, 2009 at 07:09 AM
    I'm so sorry your grandfather was so inconsiderate that he would go off and not let anybody know how long he was going to be gone. I hope it didn't scar you for life!
  • by Kyle Location: Jville on Dec 3, 2009 at 07:27 PM
    Anonymous person talking to stephanie. Im the other relative. It is stressful on a family. Escpecially if the other man missed his kids birthday because of it. It might not be hard to get lost for ignorant red necks that have no life and all they do is stay in the woods. I guarantee that you got lost also. And it was a big deal for alot of other people not just family and close friends.
  • by TM Location: Washington, DC on Dec 3, 2009 at 04:09 PM
    Stephanie, you and I know - everyone else on here is just speculating. The weather was extremely sever yesterday and last night, torrential downpours, tornado warnings and flash flooding. Not the ideal situation to be outside in let alone in the middle of the forest. Let it go and ignore those whom presume they know what they are talking about here, because they don't.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Dec 3, 2009 at 04:00 PM
    I'm glad you guys are safe. Now next time afield please take time to make a backpack of survival items, you really never know when you will need them. My pack includes a poncho, small flash light, spare batteries, compass, dry match container and matches(water proof), container of water, nutrition bars, dried fruit, nuts, candy bar, and a small first aid kit, ETC.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 3, 2009 at 02:36 PM
    I assume you're talking to me Stephanie. I know a missing person is stressful on the family. I never said it wasn't. All I am saying is I can't believe someone could get lost in that area. You walk until you hit a road which isn't hard out there. Every man should know how to handle himself if lost in the woods. And it was only one night, big deal.
  • by Susie Location: Washington on Dec 3, 2009 at 02:35 PM
    I am so happy they were found! Their is no law about how long a person has to be missing in NC before they are searched for... All I have to say is if your spouse was lost in the woods while hunting you would want a search party to go look for them ASAP...they could have been hurt and time is important when injury is involved.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Dec 3, 2009 at 12:41 PM
    Im glad they are ok too... but I thought with adults u had to be missing for a minimum of 48 hours before anyone would start a search. That means missing for that long... in other words even if they've been somewhere a week & that was the plan, it has to be 2 days past the expected return date.
  • by Stephanie on Dec 3, 2009 at 11:54 AM
    Anonymous, if you actually knew who this was, you'd know that that was his first time hunting. I'm related to one of the 2 men that were there and you have no idea how stressful that is when your own family member has been missing for a day. Get a life.
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