Steve Kloster, who was the chief ranger of the national park in the Great Smoky Mountains, was asked to take the mission into his hands and find Austin. He called up more than 100 people to help with the search. The more people he had on his team, the better where their chances of success.
There was no time to waste, and as far as the ranger was concerned, Austin was in danger. Kloster wasn’t aware that the turning point of this incident was awaiting him just around the corner.
Who Would Have Thought?
Hubert called out for Austin, but Austin was nowhere to be found. He yelled out his name over and over again but heard nothing. At first, Hubert wasn't worried and never imagined anything bad happening to him, but all this was about to change.
Little did he know that what started off as a few hours of disappearance would soon turn into days, days that would be a devastating story for the Bohanan family.
Two Days Later
It took the family more than two days before they decided to report Austin missing. They were so assured that Austin just wandered off, and it took them a while to comprehend that this was a teenager all alone in the middle of the Smoky Mountains.
We are not here to judge any parent, but two days is a long time and can be crucial, especially if someone is injured and hurt. What about water? What about food? What were they thinking?
He Knew His Forest
All this was nothing new to the chief. He was used to people getting lost in the woods and was immune to incidents of this sort. Having said that, there was something not quite right in this disappearance story. It wasn't like others.
He knew he had to act fast. He couldn't get the poor boy's image out of his head, all alone and possibly hurt, and he vowed he would do everything in his power to bring that boy back home.
Was He Telling the Truth?
In order to make sure he had all of the helpful information possible, the chief ranger asked Hubert once again where did he and Austin see each other last. He asked Hubert to tell him what exactly happened and what were Austin's last words before they parted ways.
The chief ranger felt something else was going on and that Hubert was not being completely honest with him. Only Hubery knew what happened there, and only Hunert had the answers the chief wanted.