Wardens to resume search for two missing hunters in the morning

Posted Nov. 30, 2013, at 5:33 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 01, 2013, at 12:21 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Warden Service scaled back a search Saturday evening for two hunters believed missing in the Chamberlain Lake or Clayton Lake areas since the night before.

A sergeant for the warden service at the Public Safety Dispatch Center in Houlton said Saturday night that the search for Travis Hafford, 33, of East Millinocket and Ryan Stevens, 33, of Millinocket was scaled back around 5 p.m. and would resume Sunday morning.

The two left between 6 and 7 a.m. Friday to go hunting near Chamberlain Lake or Clayton Lake, according to the warden service. The men were scheduled to return for dinner Friday and were reported missing at 2:20 a.m. Saturday.

Game wardens and two warden service aircrafts conducted a search for the men on Saturday. The men were in a 2006 Chevrolet silver extended-cab pickup truck owned by Hafford.

Snow was forecast in much of Aroostook County into Sunday, with 1 to 3 inches expected in some places and temperatures falling to around 14 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Caribou.

Anyone with information about the men’s whereabouts is asked to call the Public Safety Dispatch Center in Houlton at 800-924-2261.

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