Hypothermic 85-year-old Parkman man rescued from bog

By Leela Stockley, Bangor Daily News Staff

An 85-year-old man was found at the edge of a bog in Piscataquis County on Monday night, Aug. 7 after being reported missing from his home.

Gene Wilbur of Parkman, who has dementia, was reported missing from his residence at around 6:40 p.m., according to Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spokesperson Mark Latti. Wilbur had been last seen at his Route 150 residence at around  8:30 a.m. on Aug. 7 by a family member, and was not at the residence later in the afternoon. 

Photo courtesy of courtesy of the Maine Department
of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
MISSING MAN FOUND — An 85-year-old Parkman man was found by K9 Storm and Game Warden Chad Robertson on the evening of Aug. 7.

Because of the fading daylight and the forecasted rain, a search party of wardens, a game warden pilot, K9 teams and a Piscataquis County sheriff’s deputy was deployed to search the residence and surrounding areas. 

After about 20 minutes of searching, Game Warden Chad Robertson and K9 storm located Wilbur about a quarter of a mile from the Route 150 home sitting along the edge of a bog. 

Wilbur’s feet and legs were wet from wading into the bog, and he had become hypothermic. He was helped out of the bog, and transported to the Northern Light Mayo Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft. He has since been released from the hospital and is in stable condition.

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