Lost teen found in woods near Rocky Mountain House

17-year-old male ‘with delayed cognitive abilities’ was found about four kilometres from campsite

Rocky Mountain House RCMP teamed up with several agencies to find a missing teen near Crescent Falls.

At 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, police were called to a campground in the area after a 17-year-old male with delayed cognitive abilities could not be located – it was believed he had wandered into the woods.

The teen was missing for more than an hour before police were contacted.

Rocky Mountain House Search and Rescue, Nordegg Search and Rescue, Alberta Forestry and Agriculture, Clearwater Fire Department and Alstrom Air helped RCMP in the search.

At 12:30 p.m., search and rescue members located the teen about four kilometres away from the campsite.

Alstrom Air voluntarily provided support by flying the teen in one of its helicopters back to the staging area, where he was reunited with his family.

“We want to extend kudos to the search and rescue teams and Alstrom Air who facilitated this successful outcome,” said Staff Sgt. Carl Dinsdale of the Rocky Mountain House RCMP.

“This community continues to impress me with their willingness to step up and help out.”

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