***Joshua McClatchy was found alive tonight at approximately 11:45 p.m. Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer received data earlier today that analyzed cellular activity of McClatchy allowing the Search and Rescue Teams to work toward his likely location.
At 8 p.m. a National Guard helicopter made its way to the search location with a thermal imaging infrared camera. Shortly after 9 p.m. Sheriff Sawyer and the chopper crew located light movement within the search territory. For more nearly three hours, Sheriff Sawyer remained in contact with the SAR teams on the ground and guided them to the McClatchy’s location.
Additional rescue workers are assisting in the extraction of McClatchy from the wilderness to the Southwest EMS unit in waiting. McClatchy’s condition is not known at this time.
McClatchy was approaching one week of being lost in the Caney Creek Wilderness area located in the Southeastern portion of Polk County.
Through diligence, hard work, and persistence of Sheriff Sawyer, the SAR teams, a multitude of local and area agencies, and a support system of prayerful citizens, McClatchy will soon be reunited with family and friends.
12:01 a.m. Sheriff Sawyer has confirmed Joshua McClatchy has been found.
Update 11:45 The SAR team has made positive contact with possibly Joshua McClatchy, missing hiker from the Dallas/Fort Worth Area. Identity not confirmed.
Update 11:35 p.m. SAR Team has visual on the light
Update 11:24 p.m. Possible verbal contact has been made.
Update 11:23 p.m. Request has been made to keep all channels clear as the SAR team makes the approach.
Update 11:20 p.m. At 25 feet from the top of the ridge, rescuers continue to move toward location of person.
Update 10:46 p.m. Sheriff Sawyer and the chopper are headed back to the trail.
Update: Southwest EMS is on location at Incident Command Center.
Update: 10:06 p.m.
Helicopter is headed to airport to refuel.
Update: 9:57 p.m.
SAR team continues toward the subject... Light looks to be moving toward the team. The helicopter has been requested to give one more pass before refueling at the Mena Intermountain Airport.
Update: 9:54 p.m.
Just off Caney Creek...
SAR teams are getting close ... they are instructed to move Southwest ...
Update: Teams are moving in to the designated location by direction of Sheriff Sawyer who is on the chopper.
According to a broadcast a moving flashlight has been spotted on the ground with movement by the Air National Guard... a mile from the tower, due north in the search of Joshua McClatchy.