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Recovery efforts for 3 missing snowmobilers remain on hold

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Open water steams at sunrise on Rangeley Lake just before members of the Maine Warden Service resume their search for three missing snowmobilers Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.
By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

RANGELEY, Maine — Recovery efforts for three snowmobilers missing since New Year’s Eve were postponed again on Wednesday.

Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service said in an email Wednesday there were no new details to report, and the search remains on hold.

MacDonald has said game wardens are monitoring ice conditions on Rangeley Lake on a daily basis, with the possibility of once again using sonar and watercraft to search for the men if a large enough area of water opens on the lake near where the missing men are believed to be.

Kenneth Henderson, 40, of China; Glenn Henderson, 43, of Sabattus; and John Spencer, 41, of Litchfield have not been seen since departing Carrabassett Valley for a ride on Dec. 31.

Two of the men’s helmets were located in an area of the lake where the body of Dawn Newell, 45, of Yarmouth, was found on New Year’s Eve. Searchers believe the men drowned in the lake based on that evidence, according to the warden service.

Freezing temperatures have hindered recovery efforts. MacDonald did not indicate when recovery efforts would resume.

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