Woman missing on MDI found alive and well

7:02 PM, Jul 28, 2013   |    comments
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Photo of Janet Post Courtesy Maine Warden Service

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A woman who went missing on Mount Desert Island Saturday evening was found alive and well Sunday morning.

In a news release, Cpl. John MacDonald said wardens located 81-year-old Janet Post while searching the shoreline around 10 a.m. Sunday.  Post had been missing since 5:45 p.m. Saturday. 

Post, who is from London, England, had been last seen by her cousins near their summer home at 279 Beech Hill Rd. in Mount Desert Saturday evening.  

MacDonald said Post and her two cousins walked the foot path from their summer home Saturday evening.  The path leads to the shore of Long Pond.  Wardens said all three reached the shore.  

At approximately 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Janet Post was last seen walking back toward her home via the wooden path by herself. About five to seven minutes later, wardens said the two cousins also returned to the home.  When they returned, Post was not there.

Post was found Sunday morning about a half-mile from where she was last seen by her cousins.  She told wardens she inadvertently got off the foot path leading back to her summer home.  From that point, she made it to the top of a ridge and spent the night in the woods.  She made it to the shoreline this morning where she was found.  

The warden service conducted the search in a one mile square area.  The search area was heavily wooded and contained steep terrain.  

Saturday's search effort consisted of eight game wardens, two warden K9 teams, a fixed wing aircraft and a watercraft.  Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue Team and Acadia National Park rangers assisted the warden service in the search.  

Post is in good health and had recently retired.  She did not require any medical attention when she was found.  


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