A Tennessee motorcyclist who vanished on his way to pick up McDonald’s breakfast survived nearly three days in a ditch after he veered off the road — less than a mile from his home.
Taylor Boyle, 27, was missing until a team of loyal friends discovered him hidden beneath trees and bushes Tuesday at the bottom of a 15-foot embankment near Heiskell, a community roughly 12 miles northwest of Knoxville.
He had been reported missing earlier that day but was last heard from on Sunday morning, according to the Knox County Sherrif’s Office — with friends saying Boyle was stopping at McDonald’s ahead of plans to meet at one of their nearby homes.
Search parties comprised of loved ones had canvassed the area earlier that day with little luck, but returned to the area out of dedication to their lost friend.
Several feet away from the busted blue motorcycle was Boyle, who was lying in a ditch where he had spent the last 60 hours since reportedly crashing the bike into a tree.
The motorcyclist was alert and talking but suffered a concussion that left him oblivious to the dangerous circumstances.
“He had guardian angels with him as he only thought he had been there for an hour camping with his dad,” Boyle’s sister-in-law wrote on Facebook.
Boyle was rushed to the hospital with a dislocated elbow, concussion and small brain bleed, with doctors saying he has a “long road to recovery.”
According to Boyle’s friends, a McDonald’s biscuit Boyle had picked up for one of his friends was still wrapped inside his backpack when he was rescued.
“All I was worried about doing was just finding him. Anything and everything that we had to do, as long as it took. We just had to find him, I knew he was out there,” said Ryan French.
“It’s pretty crazy, honestly, as far as he was down here. And, as much as you can see from up here, it’s a miracle that we found him. I just praise God every day.”