K-9 team locates Wade woman

17 years ago

    WADE, Maine – A search for a missing woman had a happy ending on Saturday, July 28, when she was located about a mile from where she was last seen earlier in the day.     Genevieve Churchill, 71, had reportedly left her home on the Gardner Creek Road on foot around mid-afternoon. When she didn’t turn up at a relative’s home, family then attempted to locate her. Unable to find her, the family called officials for help.
“Churchill often walks to a family’s home nearby. When her family realized she wasn’t there they notified officials, advising them Churchill had health issues that were of concern and the search began,” said Sgt. Tom Ward, of the Maine Warden Service.
Wardens Alan Dudley, Preston Pomerleau and Ward responded, joined a short time later by Officer Kevin Schumacher and his K-9 bloodhound, Hunter. Once on the scene, officials joined family and neighbors in the search.
“We had some bad thunderstorms come through around that time of day and were concerned about upcoming darkness. Warden Pomerleau went with Officer Schumacher and Hunter, at which point Hunter indicated a track north of the residence,” said Ward.
Ward said it was Schumacher who located the missing woman.
“Kevin made first contact with Mrs. Churchill approximately one mile from the residence nearly three hours after she walked away from her home. Although Mrs. Churchill was wet, she was in good physical shape,” said Ward.
Ward credited the tracking team for locating Churchill.
“It was a great find. Officer Schumacher and Hunter need to be commended for their efforts,” said Ward. “This demonstrated a great spirit of cooperation between law enforcement agencies in Aroostook County.”