Lost Milford hikers found safe
PETERBOROUGH – Police and state Fish and Game officials are renewing their safety suggestions to hikers of all ages and experience levels after an overnight search was launched for a pair of Milford hikers who didn’t return as scheduled.
Fish and Game Conservation Officer William Boudreau said in a news release that the hikers, Joseph O’Keefe and Kathleen Menendez, were reported overdue by O’Keefe’s son, who called police around 10:30 p.m. Oct. 4.
Boudreau said a Peterborough police officer had earlier come across O’Keefe’s vehicle, which was parked in the lot of Miller State Park on Route 101. When the call came in for the overdue hikers, Boudreau said, the dispatcher for Peterborough police recognized the vehicle as the same one the officer had checked on earlier.
After confirming that the vehicle belonged to O’Keefe, police returned to the parking lot and discovered that O’Keefe’s and Menendez’s cellphones in the vehicle.
Boudreau said a Peterborough officer and a Fish and Game officer set out on Marion Davis Trail and others that run off of it in search of the hikers. Shortly before 1 a.m., Boudreau said, word came down that the pair had been located about three-quarters of the way up Marion Davis Trail.
The officers provided them with flashlights and escorted them back down the trail. Boudreau said they arrived at the parking lot at about 1:20 a.m.
O’Keefe and Menendez were uninjured and didn’t need medical treatment, although Boudreau said they didn’t bring extra clothing, lights or food when they set out around 6:15 p.m. Oct. 4.
It’s important that hikers and anyone who plans to be outside for a period of time "prepare of the unexpected," Boudreau said.