HOLDEN, Maine — The Maine Warden Service said late Wednesday afternoon that it located an elderly Holden man who was reported missing from his home earlier in the day and apparently had not been there since Tuesday night.
The search for 75-year-old Eugene Loughlin began shortly after his daughter reported him missing about 11:30 a.m., Holden police Sgt. Eugene Fizell said Wednesday afternoon. Although the man could not be found, the back door of his Wiswell Road home had been left open, Fizell said. Further investigation indicated that Loughlin had not been inside the house since Tuesday evening.
Fizell said Holden police called in the Maine Warden Service’s K-9 tracking unit because Loughlin had known medical issues and because his home was located near a wooded area as well as Fields Pond and local tote roads.
Sgt. Alan Gillis of the Maine Warden Service responded along with two warden service K-9 units and one Maine Search and Rescue Dog searcher, who were all returning from a previous search in the area, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spokeswoman Edie Smith said in a news release issued late Wednesday afternoon.
Warden K-9 team leader Norm Lewis and his dog, Clyde, located Loughlin about 1:30 p.m. in the woods behind his residence, Smith said.
Fizell said Loughlin, who was found about 300 feet into the woods, was wet and muddy.
“He was generally in good spirits,” Fizell said. “He confirmed that he had been out all night and said that it had rained.”
Fizell said that Loughlin appeared to have suffered mild hypothermia. He was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center. No further information on his medical condition was available Wednesday night.
Warden Lt. Kevin Adam said Loughlin was the second person to be found alive Wednesday by the Maine Warden Service K-9 team and Incident Command Team in less than six hours.
The first search ended about 8 a.m., when a Warden Service K-9 team found Frank Wallace, 72, of Cape Neddick on the Kore Ping Road in Township 3 Range 12 near Chesuncook Lake.
Wallace had been missing for nearly two days. He had last been seen on Monday afternoon after telling a friend he was going to pick mushroom, Smith said in a news release about that incident.
Adams said both searches were serious because of the age of the people, weather conditions and the amount of time they were exposed to cool damp conditions.
“Great training programs, teamwork and experience by the volunteers, other law enforcement agencies and Maine Game Wardens on these searches proved invaluable in saving lives today,” Adams said.