A 13-year-old boy who went missing overnight in a Walker County forest is safe at home tonight. "I look until I find the guy, and I found him," said Steve Degner of Montgomery County's Search and Rescue Team.
Degner said Cody Moore got lost on Sunday during a map-reading exercise he took part in with other junior ROTC members in Sam Houston National Forest, near Huntsville. "He had a map and a compass, and that's all he went into the woods with," he said.
Searchers aboard a Department of Public Safety chopper spotted Cody at about 10:30 this morning. "The helicopter hovered over him, and the ground crew went in to get him," said Duane Adams, of the Houston Orienteering Club.
"He was walking and waving his hands, so, that's a good sign."
Nearly 24 hours earlier, the Crosby Middle School eighth grader began the exercise near Stubblefield Lake, but did not return within the allotted hour.
Cody was part of a group of 350 middle schoolers, teens, and adults, participating in an orienteering competition. Adams said the teams, comprised of ROTC members and Boy Scouts, compete every year. "We have six levels of competition and the level he was on was a beginner's level befitting his experience and age," he said.
When Cody didn't show up, searchers worried that he might be in danger during the cold night, wearing just a long-sleeved shirt and sweatpants.
Cody was taken to Huntsville Memorial Hospital for a check-up, and is doing fine. More than 50 volunteers helped in the search.