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McGRADY, North Carolina (CNN) -- A missing-person alert has been issued for a 12-year-old Boy Scout missing two days. A spokeswoman for the National Park Service said the alert was issued as a precaution "in case he is no longer in the area."
The spokeswoman said she had misspoken when she earlier reported that an Amber Alert had been issued.
Michael Auberry went missing Saturday afternoon during a camping trip with his Boy Scout troop at Doughton Park, along the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Virginia state line. The nearest town is Laurel Springs, about 3 miles southwest of the park. (Map)
National Park Service Ranger Tina White told reporters that federal investigators are coming in and state and county sheriff's departments are keeping watch for Michael in the event that the boy came across a road and was picked up.