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Lost person found after six-hour ground search

KILLINGTON - On Sept. 11, multiple agencies were called upon to locate a subject from Maine who may have been experiencing a mental health crisis. Through information gathered by the Vermont State Police, it was believed the subject could be suicidal and may be located in an area from the Killington Peak to Deer Leap.

Search and Rescue teams made up of members from Vermont State Police, Department Of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Killington Police Department and Killington Search And Rescue (KSAR) participated in the search. Vermont State Police and DMV also provided K9's to assist with the search and Killington Search and Rescue (KSAR), a volunteer search and rescue organization, provided members to assist in guiding the search teams.

The teams staged at the bottom of Killington resort until they ascended to the Peak, where they began the descent.
"The extreme weather conditions, rugged terrain, distance covered, time of night and the nature of the call made this search especially difficult," stated Chief Montgomery of the Killington Police Department. The search teams covered approximately seven miles of back country, starting at Killington Peak radio antennas and searching the wilderness until they reached the parking lot across from The Inn At The Long Trail.

The subject was eventually located and transported by Regional Ambulance Service to Rutland Hospital with unknown medical conditions.

"It is nice when state and local agencies, volunteer groups, and private business work together to attain results. When DMV provides a K9 and officer to work with VSP and the Killington Police; when KSAR provides members to help guide the trails and the Killington Resort allows the use of their facilities to stage in, it shows how important it is to work together and how it can be done effectively and with a positive outcome," said Montgomery.