CANTON, Maine — Authorities in Oxford County found a missing 82-year-old local woman Monday night about 12 hours after she was last seen.
Florence Jordan was located at about 9 p.m. behind a barn outside her home at 449 Turner St., which is Route 108.
Chief Deputy Hart Daley of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office said Jordan was found by Maine Game Warden Norman Lewis and his dog Clyde about 50 yards from the barn near the start of the woods on her property.
Hart said Jordan was last seen by neighbors at about 7 a.m. Monday on her way to pick up her morning newspaper at the mailbox.
When Jordan’s son arrived Monday evening to check on her, the newspaper was still in the box and Jordan was nowhere to be found. Daley said searchers from the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office, Maine State Police and the Maine Warden Service were called to help find her.
Daley praised Lewis and his tracking dog, which immediately picked up on Jordan’s scent and located her. He credited the team with likely saving the life of Jordan, who was hypothermic when search crews found her.
“We’re looking at the time frame she’d been up there,” Daley said late Monday night. “It could have been 12-15 hours.”
Daley said Jordan was conscious when crews found her and transported her to Rumford Hospital.