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Thank you to all who helped with search

To the editor:

On Oct. 22 at 7 a.m. my father-in-law 77-year-old Walter Pearson entered the state game lands located on the Ickesburg Mountain to go bow hunting. At 9 a.m. while scouting Walter got turned around in the Laurel on the Mountain and was lost.

My wife Terry called me at noon and told me that Walt had not returned for lunch. Walter always returns for lunch. I entered the woods at 12:30 p.m. and started looking for Walt on three different trails.

Around 2:30 p.m. we decided to call the state police for assistance. Pennsylvania State Police Corporal Elder and Trooper Twigg arrived and informed me that the game wardens, Port Royal Fire Company, DNCR and Lack Tuscarora EMS were being dispatched to assist. There were over 15 game wardens and at last count approximately 37 people on site. Walter’s hunting spot was found, and a Penn State Game Warden K9 Dog and handler was sent into the woods. A state police helicopter was overhead.

The game wardens created a grid, and it was decided to send in four teams with two game wardens and four volunteers to each team. As the day went by, Corporal Elder, Dwayne Hart from the Port Royal Fire Company and the game wardens kept us up to speed as to the search.

Needless to say, this was very taxing on everyone, and the professionalism shown by all involved was appreciated.

At 6:30 p.m. (now dark) a call came through the state police that Walt had walked out to Matt Lauver’s farm located approximately 7 to 10 miles away on Mountain Road. Walt was dehydrated, bruised up but otherwise in good shape.

On behalf of Walter and Bev Pearson and their families we would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all involved.

Dean and Terry Little

Mifflintown

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