October 23, 2016

76-year-old woman located in Madison

A 74-year-old Madison woman is home safe tonight after becoming lost in the woods with her dog. By request of the Somerset County Sheriff's Department, Maine game wardens were called to assist in looking for Rita Gutchess. It is believed Gutchess left her home at about 10:30 this morning. When she did not return home, her family became worried and called police.

A family member believed she had become lost in the woods behind her residence while walking her dog. At approximately 3:00 this afternoon, Gutchess was located approximately a half mile in the woods behind her residence with her dog. She stated she had become dizzy and sat down on a rock wall. She had begun to holler and was heard by game wardens close by. The Maine State Police also assisted with today’s search effort.