Maine snowmobiler found after going missing in Wyoming mountains

Posted Nov. 16, 2010, at 5:24 p.m.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Two snowmobilers were rescued Tuesday from a southern Wyoming mountain range after spending two cold nights in the snowy backcountry when their machines broke down.

One was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Laramie for treatment of possible hypothermia, while the other declined treatment, said Lt. Michael Garcia, of the Albany County sheriff’s office.

The two men were found Tuesday morning, nearly two days after they went snowmobiling in the Snowy Range area, northwest of the small community of Albany. The men were reported missing Monday and last were seen about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Garcia said.

Garcia identified them as Adam Picard, 36, of the Fort Collins, Colo., area and Paul Larson, 22, of Maine. Garcia didn’t have a hometown for Larson.

Picard was taken to Ivinson Memorial Hospital, where he declined a request for an interview.

Garcia said the men told rescue personnel that one of their machines broke down during their excursion. When they were unable to fix it, they tried to ride out on the second machine, but it also broke down, Garcia said.

“They left them and tried to walk out,” he said. “That is a very bad decision. Usually we find the snowmobiles before we find the subjects. It’s best to stay with your machine, stay where you’re at, we’ll find you. Usually when you start trying to walk out, you get confused and lose where you’re at, get yourself deeper into trouble.”

The two had some provisions and walked about seven miles before being found along a snowmobile trail by searchers, Garcia said. About 30 people participated in the search.

Garcia said it was the county’s first snowmobile search effort of the winter season.

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