16 January 2013
The Roanoke Times

The scraps of news came from deep inside the forest, abrupt updates crackling over a radio at the bottom of a long and dark hiking trail.

It didn't sound good up there.

D.J. Jones' adrenaline started pumping again, and his imagination ran loops.

"It just seemed to sound worse and worse every time they told us something," Jones said. "We didn't know official stuff. We were hearing 40-foot fall, 30-foot-fall. Maybe he had some broken bones. Maybe there was internal bleeding."

That was about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night, close to 11 hours after Jones, 21, and four fellow Liberty University students struck out on a morning hike to Devil's Marbleyard in the James River Face Wilderness Area.

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