June 24, 2018
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Missing woman, 81, found on Mount Desert Island

Courtesy of the Maine Warden Service
Courtesy of the Maine Warden Service
Janet Post
By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Maine — An 81-year-old English woman who went missing on Saturday afternoon was found Sunday morning, according to a Maine Warden Service spokesman.

Janet Post was found alive and well approximately a half mile from where she was last seen on Saturday at 5:45 p.m. She was located by wardens using watercraft at about 10 a.m. Sunday.

“She stated she inadvertently got off the footpath back to her summer residence,” said Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service. “From that point, she made her way to the top of a ridge. She then spent the night in the woods and made her way to the shoreline [Sunday] morning.”

Post did not require medical attention, he said.

The Maine Warden Service was assisted by the Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue Team and Acadia National Park Rangers. Sunday’s search consisted of eight game wardens, two warden K9 teams, fixed wing aircraft and watercraft.

Two male cousins of Post’s walked together with the 81-year-old on the one-third mile footpath from their summer home on Beech Hill Road in Mount Desert. The path leads to the shore of Long Pond.

At approximately 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Post was last seen walking back toward her home on a wooden path by herself. About five to seven minutes later, the two cousins also returned back to the home, but Post was not there, according to MacDonald.

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