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.