June 20, 2018
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Friends found safe in Piscataquis County after iPhone compass fails during hike

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

BIG REED POND, Maine — Two friends who failed to return to their camp as scheduled in Piscataquis County on Monday night were found early Tuesday, according to the Maine Warden Service.

Raven Joseph, 20, of Queens, N.Y., and Jamie Snook, 16, of Merrimac, Mass., told wardens they hiked to Reed Mountain north of the camp on Big Reed Pond late Monday afternoon, but missed the camp on the return trip after the compass on one of their iPhones failed, Lt. Tom Ward said in a statement.

Snook’s father, Hilary Snook, 56, of Queens arrived at the camp Monday night expecting to meet his daughters and a brief search was launched when he found out they weren’t there, Ward said.

Two game wardens went into the camp and six more, including a pair of K-9s, and an airplane were dispatched at daylight Tuesday.

Joseph and Jamie Snook were found at 9 a.m. Tuesday a little more than a mile away from the camp, Ward said. Aside from a few scratches, they were uninjured.

“The Maine Warden Service reminds outdoor enthusiasts to always be prepared while hiking in the field and to carry a light, matches, a compass, and plenty of water,” Ward said in the statement. “It’s also a good idea to leave a note or let someone know where you are going and when you will return.”

Correction: An early version of this story requires correction. Raven Joseph, 20, of Queens, N.Y., and Jamie Snook, 16, of Merrimac, Mass., are friends, not sisters. Hilary Snook, not Hillary Snook, is Jamie Snook's father.

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