Searchers Find Elderly Benton Man

Rob Poindexter

Updated 11 months ago

After spending two nights outside in the cold and rain, an 86-year-old Benton man, missing since Wednesday, has been found alive. Arthur Wakeman was found Friday morning alive.The search for Wakeman began Wednesday night. Roadblocks were set up Thursday to advise drivers and pass out photos and information. Authorities went house-to-house talking to residents. As the search dragged on into Friday morning, the outlook was getting more bleak as the hours passed.”We were very concerned about Arthur’s physical well being today because of the rain. Obviously if this had gone on longer we knew that time was very limited,” said Lieutenant Kevin Adam, Search and Rescue Coordinator for the Maine Warden Service.Around 9:30 Friday morning, retired game warden and volunteer searcher Deborah Palman, who is also the President of the MASAR K-9 Search Team, along with her seven year old German Shepperd Quinn were searching just off the Unity Road in Benton 1.5 miles from Wakeman’s home, when the dog picked up Arthur’s scent. A short time later, they found Arthur Wakeman, alive, just off of an old skidder road.”He was maybe 30 feet off a grassy woods road in some dark growth. he was down on his back. it was obvious he’d been there quite awhile,” Palman said.He was conscious but clearly not doing well after spending the past two nights outside in the elements.”He was non-reactive. after awhile his eyes opened up. but he wasn’t looking at anything quite yet.”Wakeman was taken to a Waterville hospital where his condition was not immediately known. More than 60 searchers played a role in finding Wakeman and tonight they can all rest easy.”This is what I call a happy, happy day,” Adam said. “We found him and he’s alive.”


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