Boy disappears in the Uintas, found at home in Kearns |

Boy disappears in the Uintas, found at home in Kearns

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

Police in the Salt Lake Valley on Friday found a boy who had disappeared in the Uinta Mountains Thursday evening at his home in Kearns and continued to investigate how he got to his house from where he was last seen in the rugged mountains approximately 100 miles from where he lives.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office said Christopher Campbell was in good condition when he was found at 11:15 a.m. He had last been seen in the China Meadows area of the Uintas at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The Sheriff’s Office received an emergency call at 1 a.m. on Friday.

Campbell, who is 14 years old and a Boy Scout, was recreating in the area with his father and other Boy Scouts when he became separated. He was wearing Boy Scout pants and a white hooded sweatshirt. The Sheriff’s Office said he was not prepared for the mountainous terrain.

Dean Carr, the undersheriff of Summit County, said Campbell and his father had a dispute and the teen walked away. Carr said the dispute involved "father-son stuff."

Search-and-rescue crews and a state Department of Public Safety helicopter were sent to the Uintas to look for the boy. Overnight temperatures dropped to the high 30 degrees in the Uintas. The father was in the Uintas with the searchers when the boy was found in Kearns, Carr said.

Carr said the Sheriff’s Office was unable to contact someone at the Campbell residence and asked the Unified Police Department in the Salt Lake Valley to visit the residence. Officers from the Unified Police Department found the boy at home, he said.

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Carr said investigators were not sure how the boy got home. He said Sheriff’s Office detectives planned to interview the boy on Friday. Carr said the Sheriff’s Office does not suspect a crime occurred.