Missing scouts found along Wis.-Illinois border

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) - Four Boy Scouts who went missing during a canoe trip along the Wisconsin-Illinois border were found unharmed before dawn Sunday by an Illinois Department of Transportation helicopter.

The Rock County sheriff's office in Wisconsin reports the four boys were last seen on the Sugar River in Wisconsin around 1:30 p.m. Saturday while canoeing with the rest of their troop and a scout leader.

The 12- and 13-year-old boys launched their canoes from some campgrounds in Avon, but became separated from their group at a portage near Sugar River Park.

The group leaders searched for the boys, but couldn't find them in the winding river system. The authorities were called about 7 p.m. Saturday.

At 1 a.m., the helicopter spotted the boys' campfire in the woods just north of the border.

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