Missing hiker from Decatur found safe

Published: Oct. 5, 2011 at 11:39 AM CDT|Updated: Nov. 2, 2011 at 7:40 AM CDT
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Jim Nunn (Source: Facebook)
Jim Nunn (Source: Facebook)

WINSTON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A missing Decatur man has been found at Bankhead National Forest.

Jim Nunn came out of the forest around 7 a.m. and immediately ran over to his wife to give her a hug. Friends and family who had gathered to help search for him watched the emotional reunion.

Nunn went for a hike at Randolph Trail Head around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and never returned that day.

Winston County Sheriff Rick Harris had planned on resuming the search for Nunn Wednesday morning.

But before crews entered the forest, Nunn rode out in the back of a pickup truck.

Nunn said he could hear a nearby highway as he was hiking Tuesday afternoon, but couldn't make it there before dark.

Nunn said he built a fire and camped out until morning. When dawn broke, he started heading for the highway.

Nunn is an experienced hiker. Search crews, family and friends were confident he would make it out alive.

Crews from several agencies began looking for him Tuesday night but suspended the search around 11 p.m.

A group of about 30 people from Nunn's church, First Baptist of Decatur, camped out at the trail head just in case he made his way out overnight. Another group met at the church early this morning and loaded a bus to Bankhead National Forest to help with the search.

Huntsville Police were also planning to send one of their specialized search and rescue crews.

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