Police K-9 helps find missing girls in Liberty

Posted Aug. 21, 2013, at 3:53 p.m.

LIBERTY, Maine — Two little girls who lost their way in the woods Tuesday afternoon while chasing frogs were found a few hours later thanks to the keen nose of a police dog.

The 8- and 9-year-old girls had been playing near the Stickney Hill Road when they wandered too far from home and couldn’t find their way back, Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday. Their worried parents called police at about 2:30 p.m., and two deputies, two wardens and Maine State Police Trooper Steve Hills with his dog, Lola, came out to join the search.

After following a track for 45 minutes or so, the searchers found the girls sitting together in the woods, Trafton said. The children were upset but they hadn’t suffered any injuries during the three hours they’d been wandering lost.

“We were very relieved,” Trafton said. “As I’m driving out there, running through my mind are all the things that could happen. Luckily, the girls were found safe.”