Orono woman found safe after getting lost on trail

Posted Aug. 12, 2014, at 8:23 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 12, 2014, at 8:40 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — An Orono woman who became lost on the recreational trails in Sklar Park, behind Gilbert Street and Mainewood Avenue, was found safe and uninjured Monday night by members of the Down East Emergency Medical Institute.

The woman, whose name was not immediately available, had gone out to walk her dog at about 7:30 p.m. and planned to meet up with others who were elsewhere on the trails, Orono police Chief Josh Ewing said Tuesday.

When that did not happen and attempts to reach her by cellphone failed, her husband called the police for help at about 8:30 p.m. Ewing said. Sgt. Dan Merrill asked the volunteer search and rescue group to assist with the search, he said. A Maine State Police tracking dog team also was requested but was just arriving when the woman was found, Ewing said.

Ewing said the trail system runs through a thickly wooded area and can be confusing, especially at night.

Richard Bowie, DEEMI’s director of operations, said the woman was found at around 9:30 p.m. by a search team comprising his brother, James Bowie, nieces Riley and Isabelle Bowie and their friend, Racheal St. Louis.

Bowie said the woman, who is in her 50s, was found about 50 feet off the trail, about a mile from where she went in.

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