NEWPORT — After spending eight nights lost in the Croatan National Forest, Joshua Kenneth Clauson was found alive Sunday morning.

Mr. Clauson, 20, of Newport, was reported missing May 29 when he didn’t return from a walk in the Croatan after getting separated from a family member.

The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office and county emergency officials organized teams from multiple county and state agencies, as well as the U.S. Marine Corps, to search for Mr. Clauson. In a release sent Sunday afternoon, Sheriff Asa Buck said there were teams in the air and on the ground searching for Mr. Clauson.

Search and rescue crews combed the forest for five days before calling off the search Thursday night after exhausting all leads and due to reportedly deteriorating search conditions.

Sunday morning, a person called Carteret County communications to report a man had walked out of a wooded area near the caller’s residence on Rams Horn Road in Newport.

The person was transported to Carteret Health Care in Morehead City, where his condition is reported as stable. Detectives responded to the hospital and confirmed the identity of the person as Mr. Clauson.

CCSO said more details will be released when they become available.

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David Collins

That boy ain’t right , as they say .


8 days no food or water. Sure wish Paul Harvey was here to explain.


Me thinks there's more to this story than we're hearing. Something ain't right here.

Big Fat Drunk Republican

Seems to be a flaw in the slaw.

May need to back up and get it straight.

A lot of local, state and federal services and $ spent.


The tattoo says “God forgives, I don’t”….Yikes!


Best guess...... LEA head fake and play on words . The fella was extremely 'needed 'apparently by the LAW? ( my supposition ....... usually baring potential medical problems, i honestly do not see why an adult in the woods becomes front page news and the other names are concealed from the same audience? Possibly 24 to 48 hrs after potentially MISSING an assumption we are making based on an opinion of report, then call out the troops, especially the ones brought to bare on this?) (based on the first article). Someone knows , just not

us. [innocent]

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