POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Rescue personnel in Polk County have found a boy who had been missing for around eight hours near Corrigan.
According to Cpt. John Sanders with the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the boy, identified by his grandmother as Lance Allen, 14, had been raccoon hunting with two friends when he got separated from them on the other side of a creek, in the area of FM 1987.
Sanders said Allen was reported missing around 1 a.m. Wednesday, and was found by an ambulance crew around 7:45 a.m.
"It's harder to have a member of your family missing. But, when it's one of your children, it's even worse," said Lance's Father, Heath Allen.
Sanders said it appears Allen is OK. According to the grandmother, Paula Sullivan, Allen was taken to Woodland Heights hospital in Lufkin. He is diabetic, Sullivan said.
"Being in the woods at 14 years old for your first time, and to be left in the woods alone all night long had to be horrendous for Lance," said Sullivan.
Sullivan said Allen told his friends that he was tired and scared and could not walk anymore so he had them go ahead of him and get one of the boys' father.
"He should've never been left by hisself, much less, by hisself with a gun," said Sullivan, "You do not leave a fellow hunter in the woods alone."
"They were all scared, trying to get out of there. They were lost," said one of the neighbor's mother, Carolynn Hoot.
The boys got lost trying to find the adult, then could not find Allen when they went back to look for him.
Allen was left with a gun and a dog. The dog remained with him the whole time.
Game wardens with Texas Parks and Wildlife assisted in the search.
"To everybody that took the time out to try to help find him, I definitely am indebted to them," said Heath Allen.