August 3, 2023

MDIFW NEWS: K9 Gordon and Game Warden Pomerleau Locate Missing 64-Year-Old Virginia Man

For Immediate Release August 3, 2023

K9 Gordon and Game Warden Pomerleau Locate Missing 64-Year-Old Virginia Man

NEW SWEDEN, Maine - Game Warden K9 Gordon and Game Warden Preston Pomerleau located a missing 64-year-old man early this morning after he became lost behind the vacation house he was renting while looking for moose tracks.

At approximately 10:15 last night, the Maine Warden Service received a call that Donald Cook, age 64 of Harrisburg, Virginia, was reported missing by his family. The family had returned home to their rental place at about 3:30 and Cook was missing, and they could not find him despite searching for several hours.

Several game wardens responded to the scene to search for Cook at approximately 11:00 p.m. last night, including a warden K9. K9 Gordon and Warden Pomerleau searched the area, and after nearly two hours of searching, K9 Gordon located Cook in the woods at a little after 1:00 a.m. this morning, approximately one half mile from the rental home.

Cook was dehydrated and cold. Game Wardens gave Cook some water, and warm clothes, then assisted him out of the woods. Cook said he had gone out back to look for moose tracks, but got lost after he left the trail behind the house. Cook was examined by emergency medical personnel from Caribou Ambulance but did not need to be transported to the hospital and he was released.

The Maine Warden Service was assisted by the Aroostook Sheriff's Office and caribou ambulance. This release will be updated if more information becomes available.