Wary of strangers, the 11-year-old Cub Scout missing in the Utah mountains for four days didn't declare himself to searchers who unknowingly rode horses near him. Another searcher found him shortly after.
Several of the searchers spoke to The Early Show Wednesday.
Cory Harris and Tony Garrett
"When we finally talked to him," Harris recalled, "he said that he had seen us and he was a little ways off the trail. And he was just afraid to talk to us. So we continued to ride, and we went down about 300 yards, and we turned around and came back because we felt like we were going the wrong way. At that time, the rider on the ATV had seen him. He had walked out and was standing in the middle of the trail. That's when we pulled up."
Garrett said, "He was very frail at the time. He was very cold, shaking. We were checking him out to make sure he had no broken bones or anything like that. We found out that he was very wet. So at that time we all went into our bags to find as much as we could to get his clothing changed on him and get him warmed back up and covered up. Just to start to take care of him.
"He was (delirious, from dehydration). He was very unsure of where he was and what he was doing.
"I asked him, 'How come you didn't call for us?' He said, 'You guys were strangers.' I said, 'Brennan, you got so many people up here looking for you.' I said, 'It's incredible what's going on.' I said, 'You're on the news and everything.' He said, 'I am?' "
Added Harris, "He seemed to be totally unaware of everything that was going on."
But, "When we came over that crest of that road there and saw him, we were overcome. It was quite an experience."
Garrett concurred: "(There were) cheers and hollers. Lots of smiles."
Volunteer searcher Forrest Nunley is the one who found Hawkins, CBS News Correspondent Sandra Hughes reported on The Early Show.
"I just turned a corner (in my ATV) and right in the middle of the trail, there was a little kid standing there. I didn't know if it was him, if it was real. It was, 'Wow.'"
"Every ounce of my body was shaking and just happy and in disbelief and just so overwhelmed that wow I actually did find him."