Missing Corinth man found safe in Abbot

Posted Nov. 25, 2013, at 12:19 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 25, 2013, at 6:18 p.m.

CORINTH, Maine — A Corinth man who had been reported missing after not returning home Sunday evening spent the night in his vehicle and was found safe Monday, officials said.

Bernard Santerre, 68, was found around noon along Howard Siding Road in Abbot after hearing a search plane and placing a 911 call, according to Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spokesman Doug Rafferty.

Santerre was found in good condition. A Maine Warden Service aircraft and Maine Forest Service helicopter helped find him.

Authorities believe Santerre may have traveled to the Brewer Walmart after leaving his residence around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Rafferty.

Rafferty said it’s also likely Santerre stopped at a Corinth supermarket on his way home between 4 and 5 p.m. He subsequently did not make it to his residence and called his family around 6 p.m. to say he was stuck.

A half-hour later, Santerre called 911 from his cellphone and told dispatchers he was stuck on a dirt road between two trees, Rafferty said.

Searchers initially got conflicting signals from cell towers and could not pinpoint his location.

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