Outback Teenager Matthew Allen Found 'Covered in Leeches' After Weeks in Bush
By Dominic Gover | January 28, 2013 11:40 PM EST
A missing teenager was found wandering in the scorching Australian outback and covered in leeches, nine weeks after he vanished.
Matthew Allen, 18, has lost almost half his body weight and was dehyfrated and exhausted, rescuers said. He was covered in leeches and insect bites, had gone partly blind and was suffering from exposure to the harsh natural elements of the Australian bush.
It is suspected that Sydney resident Allen survived by eating frogs and freshwater fish from a nearby creek where he also drew water from the near dry bed. He was also suffering from gangrene on both his legs and feets.
A neighbour of the Allen family in the surburb of Westleigh, was amazed at how Matthew survived.
The woman who did not want to be named said: ""It's amazing. The bush is very dense, and unless he was very au fait with how to survive in the bush I don't know how he did it.''
Matthew, who has a mental disability, was found less than two kilometres from his home after setting off into the bush more than two months ago. He lost up to 40kg in weight during his disappearance. It is understood he had intended to go into the outback, taking with him camping equipment and some money.
Two hikers found the teenager disorientated in an area of dense bushland.
Mother Deborah Allen said: "We don't have any comment, other than that our priority is getting Matthew well."
A Syndey police spokesman said: "After a land and air search the man was located and winched by a rescue helicopter.
"He was rushed to Hornsby Hospital suffering a number of exposure-related injuries, including exhaustion and dehydration.
"It's believed he was in the bush the entire nine weeks he was missing.
"His family were notified and reunited with him at the hospital."
Detective Senior Constable Ben Wrigley from Hornsby Local Area Command, who was involved in the case from the start, said he was grateful he could give the Allen family some answers.
"I was amazed and very happy that everything turned out they way that it happened,'' he said. "I couldn't believe it,'" reported the Australian.
To report problems or to leave feedback about this article, e-mail:
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- NFL Recap - Week 4: Green Bay Packers 38, Chicago Bears 17 [PHOTOS]
- Derek Jeter With The New York Yankees Through The Years [IN PICTURES]
- Photos Of George Clooney And Amal Alamuddin, They Get Married Again On Monday [Slideshow]
- Taylor Swift's Famous Ex-Boyfriends: From Harry Styles To Joe Jonas [PHOTOS]
Join the Conversation
- Pregnant Kate Middleton Reportedly Prohibits Camilla Parker-Bowles From ‘Seeing Her Family’ And Newborn
- Ebola in US: Stock Surge for Pharmaceutical Companies Working on Vaccine
- MH370 Search Update: Was Reported That Experts Claim To Know The Possible Location; Suggest Authorities To Look ‘Further South In The Indian Ocean’
- 2014 Lunar Eclipse: Where To Best View Total Lunar Eclipse Peak On October 8
- Kate Middleton Pregnancy: Duchess Forced By The Queen To Be Out In The Public Again
- 3 Signs Nexus 6, 8 Release Date Nears: Leaked Pics, KitKat Factory Image & Android L Details Emerge
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Available Through O2 For £380, Other Carriers To Follow Soon
- Apple iPhone 6 vs. OnePlus One: With Invitation-Only Model Rested, OnePlus One Can Be A Real Threat To iPhone 6
- ISIS Supporters are Walking Among the Many in the United States – Report
- New Windows OS Is Not Windows 9, Microsoft To Launch Windows 10 As New OS Build
- ISIS Receives Food, Ammunition Due To Mistake Of Iraqi Pilots
- Airstrikes Against ISIS Has Claimed Innocent Lives In Syria, Dubbed ‘Ineffective’ By Jihadi Fighters, US Military To Ask For More Spending Money