HAMMOND, Maine — A 77-year-old Linneus man who had apparently gotten lost while bird hunting and spent the night in the woods was found Sunday evening.
Caroline Hailey, a spokesperson for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said in a statement Sunday that Ralph Bubar, who was last seen at approximately noon Saturday in Houlton, was found by a Littleton man at 5:30 p.m. after his wife read about the search on the Bangor Daily News website.
Bubar was able to walk out of the woods with assistance and was given a ride to an awaiting ambulance.
Hailey said Bubar’s son became concerned Saturday evening when his father had not returned home and began searching spots his father was known to frequent.
He found Bubar’s Ford Ranger, with the key in the cupholder, in Hammond.
Bubar had hunted and cut wood in that area before.
The Maine Warden Service began searching with crews and dogs on Saturday evening and a Maine Forest Service helicopter from their Old Town headquarters was being used in the search, according to Jeffrey Currier of the Maine Forest Service.
Hailey said that Bubar was found by Marty Fitzpatrick, 37, from Littleton, after he and his family went to the end of a dirt road he was familiar with in Hammond and yelled for him.
Bubar responded to Fitzpatrick by calling out to him. He was taken by Houlton ambulance to Houlton Regional Hospital to be checked out.
Six forest rangers from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, the Maine Forest Service, local volunteers and Maine Search and Rescue Dogs joined game wardens in the search for the hunter.