Missing Campers Found

3 years 5 months 1 week ago June 24, 2013 Jun 24, 2013 Monday, June 24 2013 Monday, June 24, 2013 12:51:00 PM CDT in News
By: Chris Lilly

GLASGOW - Two campers who went missing Sunday night near Glasgow were found Monday morning.

Ryan Lefort 29, and Megan Brand 35, were camping at the Stump Island site when they took an air mattress onto the Missouri River.

Glasgow Police Chief Joe Harrison said the two were supposed to meet a group seven miles south of Glasgow Sunday night. When they didn't show up, family members called police. The Glasgow Police and Fire Department responded around 9 pm, and put a boat into the water. Boone County Fire District, Staff For Life, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and Jefferson City officials also helped out.

Harrison said, "There was a big search because they were intoxicated when they left. So we had a great deal of concern for their safety."

Glasgow Police said the two walked to a nearby farm Monday morning where they were able to contact family members.

Ryan Lefort was back at his camp site Monday afternoon, and said Megan Brand had already gone home.

Lefort said, "I thought I knew where to get off, and how to get back to camp. But once you get off the river and into the forest everything looks the same."

Lefort said he saw the helicopters and boats on the river at night, but had no way of getting to them. He also said Brand and him stayed in the forest with only swimsuits on and no shoes.

 

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