Student Helps Rescuers Find Friend

1 decade 1 year 7 months ago Wednesday, January 17 2007 Jan 17, 2007 Wednesday, January 17, 2007 1:42:34 PM CST January 17, 2007 in News
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BEAUFORT (AP) - Mitchell Hults is a young man of few words. But when it mattered most, he talked late into the night, giving authorities the information they needed to rescue his friend and another boy held captive. In a matter of days, the 15-year-old has gone from a quiet country boy to a teenager hailed as a hero on national television and in his hometown. During a surprise ceremony Tuesday at Union High School, investigators said they never could have broken the case without Mitchell. Ben disappeared January eighth after getting off a school bus with Mitchell. Mitchell spotted a white pickup fleeing the scene, and his detailed description broke the case and helped free Ben and Shawn Hornbeck, who had been missing since 2002.

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