Police continue to investigate Camden couple’s fall off mountain

Posted April 11, 2011, at 2:03 p.m.
Rescue crews carry down Charles “Reed” Black, of Camden, from Mt. Megunticook on Thursday, April 7, 2011. Earlier in the day, an injured woman, Black's wife, Lisa Black, made her way down the mountain, which lead law enforcement authorities to search for her husband. Officials have not immediately disclosed if a crime occured.
Rescue crews carry down Charles “Reed” Black, of Camden, from Mt. Megunticook on Thursday, April 7, 2011. Earlier in the day, an injured woman, Black's wife, Lisa Black, made her way down the mountain, which lead law enforcement authorities to search for her husband. Officials have not immediately disclosed if a crime occured.

CAMDEN, Maine — Police continue to investigate the circumstances of how a Camden couple became seriously injured on Mount Megunticook on Thursday afternoon.

Charles “Reed” Black, 68, and his wife, Lisa Black, 52, remain hospitalized, Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland said Monday.

Both suffered head injuries when they fell off 800-foot Maiden Cliff on the backside of the mountain.

“It’s still being looked into,” McCausland said Monday. “Interviews will be scheduled as their conditions dictate.”

Detectives and game wardens went to the cliff over the weekend to take photos and measurements, he said, adding that the interviews should provide a key component of what happened.

An official at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor said Monday that there was no information available regarding the condition of either Charles or Lisa Black.

Whatever happened on the mountain Thursday, police became aware of it that afternoon after a passing motorist was flagged down by Lisa Black, who had stumbled off the mountain and onto Route 52.

She told police her husband was still on the mountain, and a large search party was assembled. Rescuers eventually found Charles Black several hundred feet down Maiden Cliff, which has a sheer, 800-foot drop.

Rescue crews strapped him to a stretcher and carried him down a steep, rocky section of Mount Megunticook to reach Route 52 on Thursday evening.

The Blacks were taken to EMMC by LifeFlight helicopter, police said last week. According to McCausland, the Blacks are retired schoolteachers from Missouri who moved to Camden in the past year.

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