Search For Missing Quebec Man in Northern Maine Suspended
The Maine Warden Service says the search for a missing Quebec man in the northern Maine wilderness will be suspended until temperatures rise and the snow has melted.
Snow has hampered the search since wardens began looking for 67-year-old Renald Poulin two weeks ago. Wardens say the ice on Umbazooksus Lake and nearby small bogs has made detection of the missing man especially difficult.
Search teams were out all day Friday conducting a combination of grid, hasty, and K9 team searches but uncovered no clues.
Twenty-two game wardens, 18 members of the Maine Association of Search and Rescue, 4 Maine Forest Rangers, and members of the Civil Air Patrol were involved in Friday’s effort as temperatures barely reached 10°F.
On November 30th, while looking for two Millinocket hunters in an unrelated search, game wardens located Poulin's 2002 Kia Sedona parked near the Umbazooksus Dam. Poulin had crossed into the U.S. on November 26th to explore abandoned tram rail systems and was supposed to return to Quebec the following day.
The Maine Warden Service is asking anyone who may have seen Renald Poulin’s minivan parked at the dam during the last week of November to please call the Public Safety Dispatch Center in Houlton at 1-800-924-2261.