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2 Missing Western Slope Boys Found Safe In Phoenix

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Danny Eberly, 14; Christopher Ihinger, 12 (credit: sanmiguelcounty.org)

Danny Eberly, 14; Christopher Ihinger, 12 (credit: sanmiguelcounty.org)

DENVER (CBS4) – The hunt for two boys who went missing near Telluride ended on Wednesday after family members said they were found safe in Phoenix.

Christopher Ihinger, 12, and Danny Eberly, 14, disappeared Sunday. Ihinger’s father and a friend were rock climbing near Gypsum Gap at the time.

The boys opted against doing the climb and stayed near a river close to the base of the rock and near the group’s pickup truck. When the men returned, the boys and the truck were gone.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Department released a statement saying the boys may have planned to run away.

Aaron Ihinger says his son Christopher isn’t really an outdoorsy kid but he wanted to go along on Sunday and brought his friend along.

The men said they had the boys in view for all but the last 15 minutes of the climb and when they could see the area again the boys and the truck were gone.

Ihinger said the hours and days since the disappearance have been gut wrenching.

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