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Jerry rolled down his window to listen. There were no bird signs, no crickets, and no wind. There was only a slight gurgle from the creek next to the landing.
Abruptly, a man came crashing out of the underbrush, he appeared confused, and dazed, Jerry climbed out, and cautiously caught up to the hiker. Approaching, he could now see it was Joseph Hatcher, wow, he looked rough.
"Joe, are you alright sir,"
Joe just stared at him with a blank look, not answering. Jerry took a hold of his arm, "Sir, let's go over to the truck." Joseph did not resist at all, going with Jerry as though on a leash around to the passenger's side of Jerry's truck. Jerry opened the door and gently coaxed him to sit.
Closing the door, he thought this is way too weird, I wonder what could have happened to stun Joe this way. Jerry walked around to the driver's side while watching the poor soul on his bench seat. Once in beside Joe, he flicked on his citizen band and dialed to channel 19.
In moments, he was talking to Eric, the watch commander who was dispatching from the Sheriffs office.
"This is the Sheriffs office. Identify please,"
"This is Jerry Mc Dohnnahoe; I have found Joseph Hatcher the lost hunter that
was in the news."
"I am at the hiker's staging area at Riddle Mountain."