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Man Found Alive After 3 Days In Bankhead National Forest


LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Authorities have found a man who had been in the Bankhead National Forest since Friday.  He’s alive.

John Lapietra, 46, had gone hunting with some friends from work.  He lives in Madison.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office said crews found Lapietra after 8 a.m. Tuesday.  They used a helicopter to look for him and apparently found him near a waterfall in the forest.  They brought him out near Gum Pond Cemetery.

Lapietra apparently camped in a cave over the weekend to stay warm.

WHNT News 19 is working to get more information right now.

Filed in: Decatur, Huntsville, News

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