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Lost Man Survives 3 Days in the Woods

A man is recovering but still alive after he was lost for three days in the woods.

On Tuesday around 5:45 a.m. 61-year-old James Wharton of Berlin, New Jersey called Winslow Police reporting he had become lost in the woods after walking home from a friend’s house in the area of Berlin-Cross Keys Road and Sharp Avenue in Winslow Township. Wharton called 911 again around 6:40 a.m. to report he was still lost. As police tried to locate Wharton his cellphone died.

Officials say the place where Wharton went missing is a densely wooded swamp area, making it difficult to find him. Officials stopped searching Tuesday due to darkness and were unable to find Wharton during a search on Wednesday.

On Thursday volunteers and rescuers searched deeper into the wooded area. They finally found Wharton around 7:30 p.m. Officials told NBC10 Wharton was dehydrated but was in good spirits and not seriously injured. He was taken to Virtua Hospital, Voorhees for observation.

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