85-year-old Harmony woman found after night-long search

Posted May 26, 2011, at 1:06 p.m.
Last modified May 26, 2011, at 8:15 p.m.

HARMONY, Maine — An 85-year-old local woman was found in a wooded area about a quarter-mile from her home Thursday morning after an all-night search.

Chief Pilot Charlie Later of the Maine Warden Service spotted Idyllene Warren at about 7:55 a.m. lying on a rocky hedgerow not far from her Brown Road home. She was taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan for evaluation. Warren was listed in fair condition on Thursday evening, according to a nursing supervisor.

A relative who last had contact with Warren on Tuesday reported her missing late Wednesday night, according to a press release from the warden service.

The relative told game wardens she did not hear from Warren on Wednesday, became concerned, went to her home and found that she wasn’t there.

The warden service was called about 11 p.m., and initiated a ground search with four game wardens, including a K-9 team, and an air search using the FLIR system, an infrared unit that can detect humans. Harmony Fire and Ambulance also responded. On Thursday, the Maine Forest Service and Maine Search and Rescue Dogs were en route to assist in the search when Warren was found.

“During a search and rescue, we depend on our resources to help bring someone home, from trained and certified personnel on the ground to pilots in the air,” Lt. Kevin Adam of the Maine Warden Service said in a statement issued Thursday. “Once again, our plane assets are an invaluable tool in a search. Our pilots also have keen eyes. Pilot Later was able to locate and identify a small object in a wooded environment while flying at over 100 miles per hour. Those are not easy tasks to perform.”

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