Sugarloaf search crews looking for missing teen skier

Posted March 04, 2013, at 9:40 a.m.
Last modified March 04, 2013, at 8:06 p.m.
Nicholas Joy, 17, of Medford, Mass., was last seen Sunday, March 3, 2013, at 12:40 p.m. on the Sugarloaf Mountain Timberline trail.
Maine Warden Service
Nicholas Joy, 17, of Medford, Mass., was last seen Sunday, March 3, 2013, at 12:40 p.m. on the Sugarloaf Mountain Timberline trail.

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CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — The teenage skier from Medford, Mass., who went missing Sunday afternoon near the Timberline trail on Sugarloaf, has not yet been found.

The search for Nicholas Joy, 17, started again Monday morning after it was suspended Sunday night because of severe conditions, an official said. Joy was last seen by his father at 12:40 p.m. on the Sugarloaf Mountain Timberline chair lift, Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service said in a press release that included a picture of the teen.

“Searching has ceased for the most part with the exception of some outbuildings, pump houses, et cetera,” said MacDonald. “We will resume efforts tomorrow morning.”

The two had been skiing together all morning, MacDonald said.

“The skier was last seen near the Timberline trail on the west side of the mountain, and was reported missing by his family when he failed to meet them at a designated time,” Sugarloaf spokesman Ethan Austin said in a Monday release.

MacDonald said Sugarloaf will host a press conference at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday about the search. No further details were provided in a press release sent out at 5 p.m.

Sugarloaf ski patrollers are working with Maine game wardens using skis, snowshoes and snowmobiles to search for the teen.

Crews searched Sunday afternoon and into the night for the missing teen before suspending the search at 1:30 a.m. because of poor visibility.

“Temperatures at Sugarloaf last night were in the mid-20s, with light snow falling,” Austin said.

Aircraft are not being used at this time because of high winds and snow in the area.

“This is a very technical search on rough terrain,” MacDonald said.

Those with information about Joy’s location are asked to call the Maine Warden Service at 624-7076.

BDN writer Andrew Neff contributed to this report.

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