Missing hiker located in Hancock

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HANCOCK — A 24-year-old man from Orwell was located after being reported missing yesterday.

Authorities were notified of a missing person in the area of Texas Falls Trail in Hancock at around 8:45 p.m.

The hiker was identified as Thomas Eastman.

Troopers took a statement from Michael Eastman, who is the father of Thomas.

Michael told police that Thomas left their home around 12:00 p.m. to go hiking at the Texas Falls trail.

When Thomas did not return home by 7:00 p.m., Michael drove to the trailhead, where he located Thomas’ vehicle parked.

Michael called 911 to report his son had not returned from his hiking trip.

Search and rescue teams, Hancock Fire Department, and Hancock Rescue responded to the scene and actively searched the area.

Searches continued throughout the night but were unsuccessful.

At around 6:40 a.m., Thomas was located safely, walking on Route 100.

Thomas told police that he became lost north of the trailhead and eventually walked out to route 100, several miles from Texas Falls.

He was offered medical attention and advised he did not need to be evaluated.

He was provided a safe ride to his home by personnel on scene.

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