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'Injured' teen wasn't injured

May 01, 2008|From the Associated Press

A mother's frantic 911 plea for help in finding her injured teenage son lost in the Santa Cruz Mountains led to an expensive search that ended with rescuers locating him allegedly stoned on drugs.

Eighteen-year-old Matthew Rosenberg had used his cellphone Monday night to call his mother and tell her he had tripped, broken his leg and was lost.

But Capt. Bill Finch of the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the Los Gatos High School senior had apparently swallowed hallucinogenic mushrooms, possibly dropped some acid and just "thought" his leg was broken.

Finch said the teen "was really gorked" when rescuers found him standing at the bottom of a ravine. The cost of the search was estimated at up to $10,000.

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