Lost cousins found in Hancock woods

Wardens Shannon Fish and David Simmons, Warden Sgt. Bill Chandler.  and K-9 Koda were part of a successful search for two missing girls in Hancock on Saturday.
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Wardens Shannon Fish and David Simmons, Warden Sgt. Bill Chandler. and K-9 Koda were part of a successful search for two missing girls in Hancock on Saturday.
Posted July 02, 2011, at 10:17 a.m.

HANCOCK, Maine — Two girls were found bug-bitten but otherwise fine Saturday morning after spending the night in the woods, according to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Amanda Alley, 15, and her cousin Selena Alley, 12, were found at about 7 a.m. along Kilkenny Stream.

According to a DIF&W press release, The Maine Warden Service launched a search after receiving a call around midnight that the two girls supposedly had gone for a walk in the woods around 5 p.m. Friday from their home on Deerfield Drive, which is off Route 182. The cousins reportedly became lost on one of the local trails.

Ten Game Wardens, Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputies and Maine State Police began a search and were joined by several K-9 units.

Once daylight arrived, Maine Warden Service aircraft, a Maine Forest Service helicopter, Maine Search and Rescue dogs and MDI Search and Rescue also assisted, along with the Hancock County Fire Department and Hancock County EMA.

Warden Paul Farrington and his K-9 Koda found the girls about 3,000 feet from their residence, according to the release.

The Warden Service commended the young girls for practicing survival techniques; once they realized they were lost they stopped and made a shelter and tried to start a campfire using their eyeglasses and two sticks.

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