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Crews are still hunting near Moab for missing boy

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MOAB — Three helicopters and more than 30 ground searchers from the Grand County Sheriff's Department and Moab police continued Friday morning to look for a 14-year-old boy missing since Tuesday afternoon.

Sheriff's Chief Deputy Doug Squires said searchers are "still optimistic" they can find the boy.

Police said the boy was biking with a group of four to five others on the Porcupine Rim Trail about eight miles east of Moab, when he became separated from the group. He was last seen around 2 p.m.

Squires said searchers have found the boy's bike and his shirt but said, "He's way off the trail."

The bike, according to Squires, had some damage and would be difficult to ride but not impossible. He said the boy only had a small amount of water with him.

As of Friday morning, police had not released the boy's name. They said he was visiting from Woodstock, Ill., with his father.

Squires said the area being searched is the same area where two other bikers became lost a few years ago and were later found dead from heat exposure.