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Ill autistic camper, gone 7 days, is safe

June 23, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

An autistic man who disappeared a week ago from a Grantsburg camp for the disabled and who relies on medication after a kidney transplant was found alive in the woods, authorities said.

Keith Kennedy, 25, of Shoreview, Minn., was weakened but safe. He was flown to the University of Minnesota hospital in the Twin Cities.

Searchers had feared that Kennedy, who can speak only four words, might suffer a medical crisis without the anti-rejection drugs he has taken since his transplant in 1995.

He was found about a mile from the camp in an area inaccessible by road, deputies said. Hundreds of volunteers had helped scour at least 14 square miles, a search that included helicopters and boaters.

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