Missing hunter found safe in Volusia Co.

- An Ohio man who got lost in the woods in Volusia County for more than 24 hours is recovering in the hospital Saturday night.

Deputies say John Schilling, 65, went missing Friday while he was hunting for hogs near Edgewater.

He was found Saturday afternoon.
“He didn’t have an ounce of water with him. It’s a miracle,” said Schilling’s cousin, Kenneth Shoults.
 
Shoults says his cousin is expected to make a full recovery, but is staying at the hospital as a precaution.
 
“He said he made a bed last night out of Palmetto leaves and put another layer over top of it, and he said he slept like a baby,” Shoults said.
 
Deputies say Schilling called his cousin after losing his way in the woods.

They say when Shoults couldn’t find him, they were called in.

“They have done an outstanding job... helicopters, everything, just the canopy is so thick that they couldn’t see," Shoults said. "He said that they were over top of him 10 times and he tried everything, but he couldn’t get them."

He says his cousin dropped his phone in the water, which cut off communication.

Still, searchers on the ground were able to track him down.

“Actually, he stopped for a call of Mother Nature and then walked another 100 yards, and they said when the dogs sniffed that it was hammer down and the dogs went crazy and found him,” Shoults said.

Schilling was pulled from the woods dehydrated, but conscious and okay.

“Oh, it’s a God send,” Shoults said.

Deputies say around 70 people were involved in the search.

Schilling is expected to be released from the hospital Sunday.

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