Thomas and the kids were missing for a total of 17 long days, and in the end, apparently, Thomas had just never bothered to tell his family that they were going camping for that period of time.
Waikato Police; pictured above is Thomas
“It is extraordinary,” Waikato West Area Commander Will Loughrin explained at a press conference after Thomas and the kids were found safe.
“This is a family that experienced 17 days of hell, a community that experienced 17 days of hell. To have the outcome that we wanted, it’s fantastic,” Waikato West Area Commander Will Loughrin continued.
Many people are still left wondering how Thomas and his kids survived for 17 days in what is essentially the wilderness of New Zealand.