A Farmington mother and her 14-year-old son were found safe Sunday morning after they did not return home Saturday evening from bird hunting in Upper Cupsuptic Township in Franklin County.
Paulette Cote and her son were reported missing shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday by Cote’s daughter. They had left their Farmington home between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. with plans to bird hunt in the township.
An overnight search by the Maine Warden Service, U.S. Border Patrol and others continued into the morning. According to Sgt. John Blagdon of the warden service, the pair was following roads into the woods to hunt. They attempted to drive their 2002 Jeep Wrangler across the headwaters of Moose Brook but became stuck early Saturday afternoon.
The two spent the night in the vehicle. MWS pilot Dan Dufault spotted the Jeep from the air at about 10 a.m. Sunday. Wardens on the ground went to their location and freed the vehicle.
Neither Cote nor her son was injured.