MILTON –– An 83-year-old hunter who was reported missing in Milton was located safely in the early hours of October 15, according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers.
Dale Sanborn, a resident of Lebanon, Maine, was reported missing by family members on the evening of October 14.
After being notified at about 10:30 p.m., Fish and Game Conservation Officers, along with Milton Fire/EMS and Milton Police, responded to the call.
Sanborn was found at 1:30 a.m. a short distance from his truck on Branch Hill Road.
According to the officials, he was fatigued and cold but had not sustained any injuries.
Sanborn revealed that he had begun hunting around 4 p.m. the previous day.
After it started to get dark, he descended from his tree stand and started walking back to his parked vehicle. However, he decided to take a shortcut through the woods and became disoriented.
Despite his efforts, he was unable to locate the road or his truck. When he saw lights, he called out and was located by the search teams.
In the wake of this incident, outdoor enthusiasts are urged to purchase a Hike Safe card.
The card provides funds to support Fish and Game search and rescue activities.