A Henderson boy was found dead this morning, after apparently falling in a ravine, by Hoover Dam.
From the LVRJ: The body of a 16-year-old Henderson hiker who went missing in the Lake Mead Recreational Area Saturday was found at the bottom of a deep ravine Tuesday morning.
National Park Service spokesman Andrew Munoz said Shane McNeil was found by Las Vegas police trackers about 11:30 a.m. in the area between Gold Strike Canyon and White Rock Canyon, east of Boulder City and south of Hoover Dam. Munoz said the body was discovered about a mile away from a trail in a very "tight area" known for its rough terrain.
A couple things come to mind. First, the haters in comment sections were laughing because the kid brought 2 Bibles with him. Some are saying things to the effect, "where is your God, now?"
Second, when I was 16, while I didn't live near mountains and ravines, I lived in rural areas and ran cross-country and track. I would take long runs in to the country and I could have easily been hit by a car and no one would know for a few hours. Some commentators are criticizing the parents for letting the boy go on a long hike alone. He's 16 years old and and in good shape. He was knowledgeable about the area the parents had confidence in him. While the parents are going to second guess themselves, we, the public should not and we should support the parents as best as possible. You can get hurt crossing the street, especially here in Las Vegas and we can't coddle our kids forever.
So, to the McNeil, God's blessing to you and your family. To his friends at school and in the community, be proud of your friendships and have comfort that he is in a better place. R.I.P Shane.
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