Batavia boy, cousin missing at Red River Gorge found safe - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Batavia boy, cousin missing at Red River Gorge found safe

5-year-old Michael Esposito and 7-year-old Adrian Ross (WLEX) 5-year-old Michael Esposito and 7-year-old Adrian Ross (WLEX)
Michael Esposito and Adrian Ross (WLEX-TV) Michael Esposito and Adrian Ross (WLEX-TV)
The boys found safe in the ambulance (Photo: Wolfe County Search & Rescue Team/Facebook) The boys found safe in the ambulance (Photo: Wolfe County Search & Rescue Team/Facebook)
The boys reunited (Photo provided) The boys reunited (Photo provided)
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Two young cousins who had disappeared from a family camping trip in eastern Kentucky’s Red River Gorge Thursday have been found safe and sound, according to Kentucky State Police.

Michael Esposito, 5, of Batavia, and 7-year-old Adrian Ross, of Bloomington, were found safe just before 2 p.m. about a mile away from the original campsite near the Silver Mine Arch Trail, according to KSP. 

Crews were looking around the Koomer Ridge Campground where the boys were last seen Thursday evening, according to KSP.

The boys had wandered off as family members set up camp, Michael's mother told WLEX-TV. She said a miscommunication between her husband that apparently led to the disappearance. 

"I think it was a situation where both of them thought the other one was watching the boys," Julia Esposito told WLEX-TV. "There were five boys, all running around like crazy, and, you know, if you see three of the five at any given time, you don't necessarily realize that two of them are not there."

Crews had spent the night sweeping the area with hound dogs and helicopters equipped with infrared technology.

Search and rescue efforts resumed at sunrise Friday. Veeneman says multiple ground crews conducted a grid search.

A total of 110 members from multiple search and rescue teams assisted in the search.

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