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Autistic man survives 3-week ordeal in Utah desert

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Autistic man survives 3-week ordeal in Utah desert

An autistic man lived on a few frogs he caught and roots as he wandered for weeks in the remote Escalante Desert of southern Utah until being rescued, emaciated but alive.

William Martin LaFever, 28, of Colorado Springs, Colo., told rescuers that in addition to the bits of food he scavenged, he drank water from the Escalante River while attempting to walk from Boulder, Utah, to Page, Ariz., a distance of approximately 90 miles or more by the route he appeared to be taking.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department estimated he had traveled about 40 miles over at least three weeks before he was found Thursday.

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