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Hunter's truck found, case closed

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BRAD Lambert's truck has been found, prompting investigators to close the case on the hunter who turned up hungry and thirsty but otherwise healthy after 23 days lost in the trees in southeastern Manitoba.

Air and ground searches failed to find the 46-year-old father of one from Southdale after he went missing Nov. 15. He had set out for a day or two of hunting in remote country between the Sandilands and Northwest Angle provincial forests.

On Saturday, more than three weeks later, he was found on a road, driven to Marchand and then to Winnipeg.

Lambert said he had taken his truck down a snowmobile path at least seven kilometres into the bush before getting stuck and could not find his way out.

On Tuesday, a source told the Free Press the black Ford F-150 truck had been found in the bush. Police confirmed their investigation ended.

"The missing-person investigation involving Mr. Lambert is now concluded," said a spokeswoman for the Winnipeg Police Service.

Lambert, who said he lost 40 pounds during the ordeal, spent Saturday night in hospital and was released Sunday.

He spoke with police Monday, calling it a "general debrief" over what transpired.

Lambert said police dealt with him "extremely respectfully."

"They've got a tough job to do, and they really did right by me," he said.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 12, 2012 A3

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