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The National Park Service (NPS) has suspended the search in Acadia National Park for Timothy Philpott, whose vehicle was parked early on Tuesday, January 12th, and left overnight at the Parkman Mountain parking area located off ME 198 in Mount Desert. The search team did not locate Mr. Philpott or any indication of his presence during a systematic search of the area around Parkman and Sargent mountains on Thursday, January 14th, and Friday, January 15th.
The NPS suspended the search on Saturday, January 16th, due to heavy snowfall, which created unfavorable and unsafe conditions for the search team. Based on an investigation of the circumstances and results of the search, the NPS and Maine Warden Service will resume operations as a recovery effort when conditions allow.
The search team included personnel from the NPS, Maine Warden Service, and Maine Forest Service, and more than 25 volunteers from the Maine Association for Search and Rescue and Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue. Dog teams assisted in the search, and aerial reconnaissance was conducted by helicopter and plane on Friday.
"We are grateful for the expertise and dedication of everyone on the search team, and especially thank the Maine Warden Service for its leadership in conducting the search," said Acting Superintendent Mike Madell. "The park and community are very fortunate to have volunteers who are willing to donate their time and skills under such demanding conditions."
Last updated: January 26, 2016