A missing hunter was found dead Sunday afternoon in the New Portland area by a team of game wardens.
Todd Babula, 59, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was found at about 3:30 p.m. by wardens who were hastily searching wooded areas for tree stands he was known to use, according to a news release issued Sunday evening by the Maine Warden Service. Wardens did not release a cause of death.
His body was found in a heavily wooded area north of the ITS 84 snowmobile trail between Route 27 and Atwood Hill Road. The New Portland Fire Department assisted with the response, and the office of the Chief Medical Examiner also has been notified, Lt. Kevin Adam of the Maine Warden Service said.
Babula had last been seen Friday afternoon in New Portland. He had a camp in the area and has hunted for deer in the woods off Route 27 and ITS 84 snowmobile trail for years, Adam said. Babula’s vehicle had become stuck on a woods road, that is also a snowmobile trail, on Friday morning. He made arrangements to have some neighbors help get his truck unstuck, and his uncle dropped him off to hunt near it at 1 p.m. Friday, Adam said. He had not been seen or heard from since that time.
His uncle reported him missing Saturday evening, and game wardens found Babula’s vehicle. They searched for Babula overnight, and continued the search Sunday morning with the help of dogs, aircraft and local residents. Searchers found several different tree stands that Babula frequented.