Local, state officials locate Phippsburg woman in woods after 4-hour search

Posted June 19, 2014, at 6:10 p.m.
Last modified June 19, 2014, at 7:58 p.m.

PHIPPSBURG, Maine — A 68-year-old woman who recently moved to Sagamore Road was found Thursday afternoon after a four-hour search by local emergency officials and the Maine Warden Service.

Sagadahoc County sheriff’s deputies and the Phippsburg Fire Department responded just after 12:30 p.m. to 95 Sagamore Road after the woman called from her cellphone and said she was lost on trails behind her house, Chief Deputy Brett Strout said.

Emergency personnel sounded a siren and searched with all-terrain vehicles and a police dog for several hours before calling in four wardens from the Maine Warden Service to assist.

“We had ‘pinged’ her cellphone from dispatch, so we knew where she was, but she couldn’t hear the siren because she was too deep in the woods, and [there was] wind and rustling leaves,” Strout said. “In the interim, her phone battery died, and we lost the ability to ‘ping’ her. And then she started moving when her phone died.”

Maine wardens with two police dogs joined the search, and deputies were stationed along Route 209.

Just after 5 p.m., the woman, who Strout declined to identify, was located on a trail off Route 209, according to Strout.

“She’s home, safe and sound,” he said. “Although, I’m sure she has some fly bites.”

Strout praised coordination among agencies, in particular Sagadahoc County Communications, “who were not only able to ‘ping’ her phone but also talk to her and comfort her and assure her that people were coming.”

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