Rescuers ‘very close’ to kids missing for weeks in Colombian Amazon

THE discovery of a rudimentary shelter, some half-eaten fruit and a fresh footprint led the Colombian military to announce yesterday it was “very close” to finding four indigenous children roaming the Amazon since a plane they were on crashed a month ago.

The children – aged 13, nine, four and one – have been lost in the jungle since the light aircraft crash in Colombia’s southeast on May 1 claimed the lives of the three adults on board: their mother Magdalena Mucutui Valencia, the pilot, and an indigenous leader.