Officials: 9-year-old Jorden Gorman took shelter under a tarp in the days he was missing

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Posted at 8:24 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 21:24:23-05

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (WTVF) — We were less than half a mile from where Jorden was found and already we could tell this was not an easy walk. Jorden could have cut through the neighbor’s yard, but waiting for him on the way to Marrowbone Creek was a drop most locals know not to mess with.

“If you fall and break your leg, 300 feet down in that gully over there, you’re there until someone comes and finds you,” John Brittle of Ashland City said.

What seemed most likely was that Jorden walked Valley View Road down to a bridge where the creek was more within reach. Keep in mind Jorden did this with no shoes, no socks, and no jacket.

Sheriff Mike Breedlove of Cheatham Co. says over the past several years he’s been on the job, he’s never had a more rewarding experience than when he saw Jorden return home safe.

“Our hearts were starting to sink, and then this miracle happens,” Breedlove said.

A rescue crew from Christian County, Kentucky say they drove their ATVs along the creek bed until they found Jorden underneath a blue tarp. Jorden couldn’t tell them how long he had been gone from home.

“He was in tune enough that he saw this tarp tied up. It looks like it was up against a tree from maybe high water. He got up underneath that and stayed there,” Breedlove said.

TBI says they've completed a full sweep of where Jorden was found for any evidence that could play a role in their ongoing investigation. They tell us they’re still piecing together the timeline of events from when Jorden left his home, to when he was reported missing and eventually found.