May 20, 2018
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Wardens resume search for bodies of snowmobilers who went into lake in December

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

RANGELEY, Maine — Recovery efforts have resumed this week for the bodies of three snowmobilers who were reported missing on New Year’s Eve.

Game wardens searched Rangeley Lake on Tuesday and Wednesday and continued their efforts Thursday, according to Doug Rafferty, public information director for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Rafferty said sonar equipment is being used to search for the bodies of Kenneth Henderson, 40, of China; Glenn Henderson, 43, of Sabattus; and John Spencer, 41, of Litchfield.

Wardens were still searching as of 2 p.m. Thursday, Rafferty said.

Game wardens had last searched for the men in February and resumed efforts this week after ice on the lake had completely melted, Rafferty said. The men’s snowmobiles were recovered over the winter.

“We’re just trying to mow the grass, if you will, and take it one step at a time,” Rafferty said.

Game wardens had to exhibit patience in waiting for ice to thaw on the lake.

“We couldn’t get out there until the ice was out,” said Rafferty.

The three men were out for a New Year’s Eve ride when their sleds plunged into the lake.

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