Lost 80-Year-Old Hiker Shows Up to Missing Person Appeal

by Jennifer Shea
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An 80-year-old lost hiker showed up at a press conference intended to draw attention to his recent disappearance from a national park.

Harry Harvey had disappeared in the Yorkshire Dales four days earlier, CNN reported. He and his partner parted ways while hiking in the northeast England park.

Police, rescue workers and Royal Air Force members spent four days searching the park where the lost hiker disappeared.

At the Tan Hill Inn, relatives and rescuers gathered Wednesday to spread word of Harvey’s plight. No sooner did they start the press conference than Harvey appeared at the pub.

A wildlife photographer had discovered Harvey after Harvey wandered off-course in a hailstorm. He survived thanks to camping gear he’d brought with him on the hike.

Harvey said he enjoyed three nights camping out and was fine, if a bit hungry, after the ordeal.

“If I’d have known, I wouldn’t have come back,” Harvey joked about the press conference. “I could do without all of this.”

As for Harvey’s family, they voiced relief. After days of fearing the worst, they were even a little exasperated with the wayward hiker.

“He’s had a blast; we’ve had a nightmare,” his daughter-in-law said.

Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team posted a thank-you on Facebook for all the support locals offered to the search.

“Great news Harry Harvey has been found safe and well on the moor near Tan Hill,” the team posted. “Over 100 mountain rescue members have been involved in the successful search over the last three days.”

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