A missing father-of-two was dizzy and in a “exhausted” state of mind when he was found, said a man leading the search.
Colby Richards, 31, was found alive on June 2 – a week after he disappeared after a hike in the woods.
Colby was spotted hiking in an area called The Woodlands in Montgomery County, Texas — about 43 miles north of Houston.
The father’s disappearance triggered an extensive search operation in which police forces and volunteers joined the hunt.
Jake Stovall, who is leading the search, has commented on the condition Colby was in when he was found.
He said DailyMail.com: “He was coherent but very dizzy and in a drained state of mind.”
Jake, the founder of the search and rescue team GulfSAR, recalled that Colby apparently “didn’t want to be found”.
He added: “He [Colby] was confused and hid.”
Jake admitted he had never seen a case like Colby’s in 19 years.
Colby, an electrical distribution technician, was reported missing on May 26 and his wife Callie said he left their home in Spring, Texas without a cell phone or keys.
Montgomery County police officers said he “strayed” less than three miles from his home.
Family members became concerned when Callie noticed that he hadn’t closed the back gate behind their home.
Colby’s cousin Allison Fox previously told The US Sun that the behavior shown was “unusual”.
This was despite the fact that Colby had previously left the house without any tools to meditate.
But Callie said he would never go into the wilderness at 5 to 6 a.m. — the time he usually gets ready for work.
She called the police when she found the gate was wide open.
Allison said: “[Colby’s wife] I knew at that point that something was wrong.
Authorities combed the trail and found a water bottle they believed belonged to former baseball player Colby.
However, officers found no other sign of the father Fox News Digital.
Police forces, K9s, search parties and volunteers searched for Colby for several days after his disappearance.
On June 2, police confirmed Colby was safe but did not provide details on his condition.
However, officers said investigators would speak to Colby about the circumstances leading up to his disappearance.
Police said it would be “some time” before Colby was questioned.
Allison told the US Sun that Callie was “delighted” to hear the news that Colby had been found.
She said: “We are all thrilled and grateful that he is coming home.
“We are all incredibly grateful for their help in finding him.”
A post on a Facebook page created by his family revealed that Colby was recovering in hospital The daily beast.
It said: “He is in the good hands of the medical team and we hope for a full recovery.”