2013-02-14 / Front Page

Missing Hiker Found

by Eric Gross

Emergency responders using off-road vehicles known as gators climb a steep slope into Wonder Lake Park Saturday in search of a missing hiker.  Photo / John Bodor
Emergency responders using off-road vehicles known as gators climb a steep slope into Wonder Lake Park Saturday in search of a missing hiker. Photo / John Bodor

Some anxious moments for a Carmel woman and dozens of emergency responders Saturday when a 9-1-1 call was received from a frightened hiker who was lost on a trail in the 1133-acre Wonder Lake State Park in Kent.

With darkness falling and temperatures dropping rapidly calls went out for assistance and Lake Carmel, Patterson and Carmel FD personnel rushed to the scene with special off-road vehicles.

Ambulances and paramedics were placed on standby while DEC Police, State Police, Sheriff’s Department personnel and Kent Police which acted as the lead agency began a massive search.

Responders managed to keep in contact with the 48 year old woman who was not identified by police as she walked along the park’s yellow trail.

The woman was located at 6:15 p.m. two hours after the initial call was received. She was checked out by EMS and sent home.

The Wonder Lake State Park’s entrance is off Ludingtonville Road at the Kent-Patterson border.

The site has a colorful history. In 1777, 16 year old Sybil Ludington, whose home was at the entrance to the current park, rode a nighttime 40 mile loop to muster her father’s troops during the Revolutionary War. More recently, the land was a country estate and summer home of actress Elizabeth Montgomery.


 

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