June 22, 2018
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Volunteers wanted for search for missing Waterford woman

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

WATERFORD, Maine — The search for an elderly Waterford woman wound down late Tuesday without success and will enter its third day on Wednesday.

Tuesday’s effort to locate 77-year-old Ruth Brennan, who has dementia, covered mostly roadsides, trail edges, streams and travel ways, Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service said in an update Tuesday night.

A variety of resources — including helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, forward looking infrared technology, K-9 teams, horse teams, trained ground searchers and all-terrain vehicle teams — have been used over the last 24 hours, MacDonald said.

The resources came from several organizations and agencies, including the Maine Association of Search and Rescue, the Maine Warden Service, Oxford County Sheriff’s Office, Maine State Police, Maine Forest Service, Maine Army Guard, Waterford Fire Department and other area fire departments.

Authorities are asking people who own property in the area to look for Brennan around their property and outbuildings. She was last seen wearing a striped crewneck shirt, capri-style blue jeans, a tan hat, light green socks and beige sneakers. She has brown hair and hazel eyes and is 5 feet 2 inches tall.

As of Wednesday, wardens requested volunteers to assist in searching for Brennan, MacDonald said.

Volunteers are asked to arrive at 8 a.m. at the Waterford Fire Department, located at 366 Valley Road. The telephone number is 583-2410.

“Please keep in mind that the search areas have very difficult terrain, combined with thick woods and swamps,” he said. To that end, volunteers should dress in long pants, wear waterproof boots with good traction and bring bug and tick repellant spray or clothing, as well as sufficient snacks, food and water to accommodate them throughout the day.

MacDonald said there have been several sightings of Brennan since 10:30 a.m. Monday. The sightings have helped narrow the search area considerably, he said.

If anyone has seen Brennan, they are urged to call Public Safety Dispatch in Gray at 657-3030 to report a sighting. An investigator will call back, MacDonald said.

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