Missing hiker in Kanawha State Forest found

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UPDATE 5/28/2020: As crews were getting ready to begin a second search this morning for a missing hiker in the Kanawha State Forest, Joshua Bare, who had been lost in the woods for more than 20 hours miraculously walked right out of the woods behind WOWK 13 News Reporter Hannah Goetz.

Bare managed to call 911 yesterday evening after realizing he was lost, but crews were unable to locate him at that time.

“I went out just for a little exploratory day hike and laid down took a little nap got up and got disoriented and I would take my bandana and hang it on the trees and let it sit and soak up water and I would drink it,” Bare says. “I heard people talking and I said ‘Thank God.”

Bare was in very good spirits and told 13 News he didn’t need any medical attention, just a Gatorade and a bottle of water, and he was on his way home to South Charleston to take a shower.

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Forestry both had search dogs ready moments before Bare walked out.


UPDATE 5/28/2020 10:20 a.m.: The missing hiker in the Kanawha State Forest has been found alive by the search lead by State Park Rangers. At this time, they say he appears to be in good condition.


KANAWHA STATE FOREST, WV (WOWK) – A male hiker has been reported missing in Kanawha State Forest since 5 p.m. yesterday, May 27, 2020.

Kanawha County Metro 911 officials say fire departments, including Boone County, looked for him until 4 a.m. this morning.

The search is resuming with Kanawha County Sheriff’s deputies and local fire departments on the scene.

State Park Rangers are leading the search. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police.

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