Search underway in Ketchikan area for boy missing since Wednesday - KRBD The mother didn’t have the boy with her when she was found about three miles up the trail, Kiffer said. She reportedly indicated that the pair had started their hike about three hours before dark on Wednesday. “She indicated that they had gotten up into deep snow about knee-deep snow, turned around, came back,” Kiffer said. State troopers say the pair were disoriented and lost the trail. They spent Wednesday night together before the mother sought help Thursday morning, according to a Saturday morning dispatch. The mother reportedly placed the boy in a dry spot underneath a tree before leaving, Kiffer said. “Her intention was to go down and get help. He was too big for her to carry,” he said.