Omaha teen found after hiking from northern Minnesota into Canada

Canadian authorities tracked down an Omaha teen who had been missing for three days after he hiked from northern Minnesota into Canada.

The 17-year-old was camping with a wilderness survival group at Basswood Lake, which is north of Ely. He was reported missing the afternoon of July 3 to Minnesota authorities, said Ontario Provincial Police Constable Jim Davis.

The teen left the lake and hiked into Quetico Provincial Park, which shares boundary waters with Basswood, hoping to head farther into Canada to “meet with friends,” Davis said.

The teen, who hiked between 5 and 6 miles, was stocked with supplies, including a map, compass, life jacket and water purification supplies. He was found Saturday.

Authorities were in contact with the boy’s parents and he was returned to the U.S. without facing any charges. Davis said he couldn’t release the name of the teen.

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