Massachusetts State Police Release – 10112014 – Lost Hiker Located on October Mountain
Last evening, October 10, 2014 at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Lee Barracks received a report of a lost hiker on October Mountain. October Mountain is primarily in the town of Lee. At 16,500 acres, October Mountain is the largest state forest in Massachusetts.
The Lee and Cheshire Barracks both sent troopers to assist in coordinating the search, as it was already after sunset. The hiker’s husband, who was the reporting person, believed his wife had entered the forest at the Becket entrance. Assets from State Police Troop B Headquarters, Air Wing, Lee and Cheshire Barracks, Environmental Police, Department of Conservation and Recreation, Becket EMS, and Washington Fire Department are some that responded.
State Police Air 5 piloted by Trooper Mark Spencer and Tactical Flight Officer Trooper Eric Fairchild began searching for the 53-year-old woman. With the FLIR system, Troopers Spencer and Fairchild were able to locate her. They guided in assets from the ground successfully.
To view a video of the search and recovery, click here to be taken to our YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/goZJYEiNX_g The first minute of the video will show the woman being located, and the second minute shows the ground assets reaching her.
No further information is currently available. Please do not call the barracks directly.