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Missing hunter found safe in Tennessee forest

(WMC-TV) - Bill Lawrence, a Tipton County jailer who went missing Wednesday morning in Shelby Forest, was found alive and well Sunday morning.

Lawrence was reported missing to Tennessee Wildlife Resources agents at Shelby Forest Wednesday.  He was part of a three man hunting party that got separated in the woods.

Since then, a massive search has been underway for Lawrence.

Authorities said Lawrence was spotted on a road in the vicinity of Jackson Hill and One Way Road by two motorcycle riders.  He was located approximately 2-3 miles from where he was last seen.

After he was found, Lawrence was taken to Methodist North, where was said to be in good condition.  He said he was very tired and thirsty and he had survived on eating grub worms and finding whatever water he could.

There are no specific details as to how Lawrence got separated from his party, but he will be questioned by authorities after he is fully recovered.

Tipton County Sheriff Pancho Chumley said he had never seen anything like this.

"This was a miracle from God and it shows that the power of prayer does work," said Chumley.

Family, friends and search volunteers poured into Methodist North Sunday morning after receiving word that Lawrence had been located.

"We hugged and I kissed him all over his face," said his mother, Denise Prescott.  "I just couldn't keep my hands off of him."

Investigators believe the camouflage clothing Lawrence wore while hunting may have played a part in why searchers were unable to locate him in Shelby Forest.

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