A California man was found alive on Thursday, six days after his car plunged 200 feet off a cliff in the Angeles National Forest. David Lavau, 67, survived the initial accident and kept himself alive in a makeshift camp at the bottom of the ravine, eating bugs and leaves and drinking creek water. Lavau's children reported him missing earlier this week and launched their own search independent of local authorities efforts. Using a debit-card receipt from a nearby store as a clue, Lavau's daughter, son, and granddaughter canvased each ravine in the area before finding him on Thursday evening on Lake Hughes Road. Rescuers also found another vehicle in the ravine from an unrelated crash that contained the decomposing body of an unidentified man. “This is a bad section of road,’’ Capt. Bob Brandelli of the L.A. County Fire Department told NBC News. “This has been the fourth incident I’ve been on here where we’ve had cars over the side.’’ Lavau was treated for a dislocated shoulder, and fractures in his ribs, arm, and back. He is in stable condition at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. Police investigators are working to determine the accident's cause.
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