May 24, 2018
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Searchers find no further sign of missing Rockwood man

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

ROCKWOOD, Maine — An exhaustive ground, water and air search this week failed to find any sign of a Rockwood man who is believed to have drowned Sunday while kayaking across Moosehead Lake to Kineo.

Lt. Kevin Adam of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said Saturday that wardens will continue to search for James Russell, 51, from the water and the air as weather permits. Anything unusual will be checked out, he said.

Sonar equipment, which was used Friday, will be used again this week as wardens continue to focus on a specific area where they believe Russell’s body could be, according to Adam.

Volunteers and Russell’s family members also continue to search the shoreline for Russell, who was last seen Sunday, Nov. 14, on Sand Bar Way.

Wardens believe Russell kayaked across the lake to Kineo before he went missing. His kayak and backpack were found Wednesday floating off Murray Road two miles from Kineo.

“I think somewhere on that trip something bad happened to him,” Adam said earlier this week.

Russell has made no calls on his cell phone since his disappearance, he added Saturday.

On Friday, the shoreline and trails on the west side of Moosehead Lake and the east side from Kineo to where the kayak was located were among the areas searched, according to Deborah Turcotte, spokeswoman for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Twenty-one Unity College Search and Rescue members, Maine Search and Rescue dogs and Maine Forest Service rangers assisted in Friday’s search, Turcotte said.

Anyone who may have seen Russell on Nov. 14 either onshore or in a kayak is encouraged to call the Maine Warden Service headquarters at 695-3756.

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