Boy lost in Utah found in mountains Malachi Bradley, center, smiles at his brother Levi as he is reunited with his family, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in Uintah County, Utah, after being lost near the Wyoming border on Sunday. (Ravell Call/The Deseret News via AP)
Boy lost in Utah found in mountains
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Malachi Bradley was searching for wild mushrooms. He was in eastern Utah. Then he saw that he had wandered too far from the mountain lake. That was where he was hiking with his father and siblings.
 
The 10-year-old boy tried looking for a road. He wanted to flag down a driver. But the area about 200 miles east of Salt Lake City was too remote. He remembered the survival skills his father taught him. So, he hunkered down. He stayed between rocks. They were still warm from the sun. The rocks shielded him from the cold mountain night.
 
"It was weird not having anybody with me. But I just kept going. I knew I had to make it back. Or my family would be really sad," Malachi said. He was missing for amost 30 hours. He was in the rugged backcountry. While he was missing he found river water to drink. And he even tried to catch a fish. He made a spear from a stick. But, he was not able to catch a fish.
 
At the same time people were looking for him. There were dozens of search-and-rescue workers looking in the area. They were on horses and ATVs. They were also in the air. But they could not spot Malachi in the wooded area.
 
His mother is Molly Chrisman. She was back at the campground in the Uinta Mountains. She was on edge. She had heard about a 5-year-old Arizona boy. He wandered away from a campsite while chasing grasshoppers. 
 
"I felt like the forest was so huge," she said. "They were showing pictures on a map of how many people they had on the ground. And it felt like it was a tiny amount. Compared to the vast place that was the forest."
 
Night fell and temperatures dropped into the 30s. Malachi wrapped his T-shirt around his legs. He huddled in his jacket. He sat between the rocks. He shielded himself from the weather. The little warmth helped him get through the night. It also had an effect that was not good. It threw off infrared heat detectors. They were being used by the search teams. That was as it got dark, police said.
 
His father is Danny Bradley. He was back at Paul Lake. He was with a friend. They were keeping a fire burning. They hoped the boy might wander back on his own. Bradley imagined his son alone in the woods as it got later. His dad was scared. He feared his son might be hurt.
 
"I was just hoping he was able to stay warm enough," the father said.
 
Malachi heard a police helicopter flying overhead the next day. He knew the searchers aboard the craft could not see him. At least not through the trees. So he started walking again. He found a clearing.
 
He stayed there. He briefly fell asleep. Then a search plane spotted him from the air. A helicopter landed to pick him up. That was on Aug. 24.
 
His mother saw it land. She was very relieved.
 
"He is healthy. And he is coming up. And this is going to be all over. And it is not a tragedy," Chrisman said. Medical staff said he was cold and hungry. Other than that, he was fine.
 
Malachi was found about 5 miles southeast of where he went missing. That was what Uintah County Sheriff Vance Norton said. It appeared that he wandered down a ravine. And he wandered over a hill. That was before he found the clearing.
 
The night was cold. Malachi was lucky though. He was lucky that temperatures did not drop more. There were also no sudden storms in the high-elevation area, Norton said.
 
Malachi said he will go camping again. But next time he will stay close to other people.
 
"I will learn from my mistakes," he said.

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COMMENTS (26)
  • ronnettev-van
    9/10/2015 - 04:40 p.m.

    I am so glad this little boy was found safe. He had to be so scared, I know I would have been.

  • lynn-eri
    9/11/2015 - 05:21 a.m.

    The sun provided much heat in the day time. The rocks which the boys hid between absorbed the heat from the sun during day time and they released heat at night. In this way the boy got warmth from the sun indirectly. However it was very brave of him to be able to stay in the cold and dark place alone. He was very wise to stay between the rocks otherwise he would not get warmth and would not make it through the night.

  • may1-eri
    9/11/2015 - 05:35 a.m.

    He is so clever boy.He remembered what his father taught in dangerous condition.He stayes between rocks.there can get warmth from sun.

  • kristine-eri
    9/11/2015 - 05:36 a.m.

    The sun provided warmth at night by staying between stones.The stones get the heat from sun in the daytime. At night, the stones still have the warmth.

  • sithu-eri
    9/11/2015 - 05:45 a.m.

    The sun provide warmth at night by keeping the sun's heat at the ground or rock and reflect the warm to the ground from them.

  • erina-eri
    9/14/2015 - 04:13 a.m.

    The sun provided warmth at night.As the earth is going around the sun and the moon the earth, the sun and the moon appear alternatively. During the daytime, heat is provided much more than that at night. The heat is released in the nighttime. In that cold mountain night, rocks were still warm by the sun although it was dark and cold. Due to that case, we can know what a very hot sunny day was there and that's why he felt warm at night.

  • mackenzieb-coo
    9/14/2015 - 10:43 a.m.

    I am so glad that they found the kid.

  • chue-eri
    9/15/2015 - 01:03 a.m.

    Question: How did the sun provide warmth at night?

    During the day when the sun shines brightly, rocks absorb some part of sunlight among their porous and emit that stored warmth of sunlight at night as the surrounding environment becomes cold. So, the boy got the heat indirectly from the sun with the help of rocks.

  • stella-eri
    9/16/2015 - 12:38 a.m.

    He is brave boy. He was lucky. He can protect himself. He learned from his mistake for the whole life.

  • mp-bla
    10/02/2015 - 10:43 a.m.

    I like this story because it makes
    people think to not be as scared in a mountain for a long time with no people.

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