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June 18, 2007

Successful Search for Elderly Woman who Wandered Away

CONCORD, N.H. -- Shortly after 9:00 AM on June 16, 2007, an 80-year-old woman was located after having wandered away from her home possibly 23 hours earlier. 

New Hampshire Fish and Game Law Enforcement Division Conservation Officers coordinated search efforts for Maxie Delaney of Quincy Road in Rumney after they were notified by family on June 16, 2007, that she had disappeared from her residence some time during the day on Friday June 15, 2007.  It was presumed that she may have planned to take a short walk as she regularly would do and had failed to return.

Fifty ground searchers and 9 canine units participated in the search effort, including N.H. Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers, N.H. State Police, New England K-9 Search and Rescue, Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team, Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team and Rumney Police and Fire departments, as well as Lakes Region Mutual Aid. 

“Delaney is in very good condition after spending the night wandering in the woods in favorable weather, which certainly aided in her safe return,” said Lt. Todd Bogardus of N.H. Fish and Game.  The confused woman was discovered walking on a camp access road by a crew working on the roadway.  Delaney had wandered over a mile from her residence.

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