Elderly man OK after wandering into Veazie woods

Posted Aug. 01, 2009, at 4:23 p.m.

VEAZIE, Maine — An elderly man who went for a walk and wandered into the woods sparked a three-hour search by area emergency responders Saturday afternoon. The 83-year-old man, whose name was not immediately released, rescued himself when he knocked on the door of a house on State Street and was given a ride by the resident back to his home at Dirigo Pines in Orono, according to authorities.

Members of the Veazie Fire Department, Veazie Police, Maine Warden Service, Dirigo Search and Rescue and Down East Emergency Medical Institute, along with a Forest Service helicopter and personnel on ATVs, combed the heavily wooded area behind the Wal-Mart in Bangor along Chase Road after a woman reported talking to the man, who seemed confused. The man wandered off when the woman went to call 911 to report his situation.

The man was described as somewhat dehydrated and tired, but otherwise okay, after his ordeal. The incident lasted from approximately 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., according to responding personnel.

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