CAMDEN — A 14-year-old male lost in Camden Hills State Park walked out of the park on his own in the area of the Beveridge Farm on Turnpike Drive, which is on the border of the state park.
Multiple agencies responded to a call that came in at 12:15 p.m. to Knox County Regional Communications that a student was missing from a group from the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences hiking in the State Park, according to Camden Fire Chief Chris Farley. The call came in from the intersection of the Megunticook Trail and Adams Lookout Trail, he said.
Camden Fire & Rescue, Camden Police, State Park rangers, Coastal Mountains Search & Rescue, Knox County Emergency Management Agency, Maine Wardens Service including a number of Game Wardens and a Maine State Trooper responded to the search. Knox County Regional Communications sent its mobile command unit to the area. Rockland Fire and EMS responded to Farley’s request to bring their drone to aid in the search.
The teenager was able to find his way out of the park around 1:45 p.m., Farley said.
Maine Warden Service Sergeant Justin Fowlie said that just before he got to the area it was reported that the teenage was located at a Turnpike Drive residence, and he went over to talk to him. The homeowner had given him some banana bread and water, and the young man was calm and happy to tell him his story, he said. The teenager told Fowlie he got separated from the group, followed blue markers, went over the mountain and came down on the other side.
The Warden Service is responsible for organizing and managing search and rescue operations, and partners with volunteer groups like Coastal Mountain Search & Rescue, which are vital to helping us with our mission, Fowlie said.
The Warden Service’s chief pilot was also on the way when the teenager was found. “Anytime we get a lost person, it’s high priority,” Fowlie said. “A child lost is super high importance.”