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For Immediate Release                                                               August 7, 2021

MESARD Volunteers, Maine Warden Service, Locate Body Of Missing 78-Year-Old Hiker

STOW, Maine – After a lengthy search through the night, a volunteer searcher working with the Maine Warden Service discovered the body of a missing 78-year-old Maryland woman early this morning.


Barbara Goldberg, age 78 of Potomac, Maryland had gone missing during the middle of the day, yesterday, August 6, while on a hike on Blueberry Mountain in Stow. Her partner, Steven Plotkin, had dropped her off earlier that morning at 9:00, and had talked to her via walkie talkie at 11:00 a.m.  Barbara told him she was almost to the summit and expected to be back to the Stone House Road Parking lot around noon. When Barbara didn’t appear at the designated meeting area by 2:30 p.m., Steven contacted 911 and reported her missing.


Game wardens began searching the area shortly after 3:00 p.m. yesterday. A warden service airplane searched from the air, and the warden service expanded the search quickly bringing in volunteers from MESARD (Maine Search and Rescue Dogs), Saco Valley Fire Department, Lovell Fire Department, Fryeburg Fire Department, Fryeburg Rescue, Mahoosuc Search and Rescue, Center Conway Fire Department,  and Denmark Fire Department.


After searching alongside and over all area trails and nearby roads, a MESARD K9 located Barbara’s walkie talkie during the night near a ledge near the summit on Blueberry Mountain. Using Barbara’s Ipad that her partner had retrieved that night from their rented cabin, Wardens were then able to locate her Iphone coordinates utilizing the “find phone” feature. After searching the rough terrain and strewn boulders at the base of the ledges, at approximately 3:00 a.m. this morning, a MESARD volunteer recovered her body by calling her Iphone, the following the faint sound of her phone. She was located at the base of the ledges deceased. Her body was transported to Woods Funeral Home in Fryeburg where she will be examined by the State Medical Examiner. The death is not considered suspicious.


No further information is available at this time.


UPDATE | Skydiving instructor's body found

[MDIFW NEWS: Lebanon, Maine – September 28, 2018] The body of 41-year-old Brett Bickford was located moments ago by ground searchers. The search team comprised of four game wardens, a State Trooper and two members of MASAR located Bickford’s body about 750 feet southwest of the Lebanon Airport runway shortly before 5:30. The team located Bickford while completing one of the few remaining grid searches for the day. The investigation continues to determine what caused this fatal skydiving incident. The family and first responders wish to thank all those involved and who offered their support during this difficult recovery operations.

Search in North Yarmouth, ME for a missing school teacher Kristin Westra 10/01 thru 10/05

MESARD assisted in Hammond search in Greenville on Saturday 8/4/2018

MWS press release

MESARD finds Suzanne Hubbell 8/2/2018
Deb Palman, her SAR K9 Raven and William Nichols

Ellsworth American: Missing Milbridge woman found

[Auburn, Maine - May. 5,2018]
MESARD deployed this past Saturday for the recovery search along the Androscoggin River in Auburn for 5 year old Valerio MeFarland who was swept away on April 24, 2018.

News article and photos
Body of missing 5-year-old boy recovered

Update: [Durham, Maine – May 14, 2018] Game wardens have recovered the body of five-year-old Valerio McFarland from the Androscoggin River. Missing and presumed drowned since Tuesday, April 24, the effort to recover the boy’s body ended today just before noon. Valerio McFarland’s body was located in Durham five miles downstream from where he entered the water twenty days ago, in Auburn.

[Bradford, Maine - Nov. 28,2017]
Missing Bradford Woman Located Alive

WGAN: Missing Bradford woman found

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Press Release


[West Bath - Nov 21, 2017]

MDIFW News: West Bath Search Suspended

Update, May 19, 2018: Police recover body of West Bath man missing for nearly six months


[Acton, Maine – May 15, 2017]
Exciting night for MESARD, and our teammate:
Dorothy Smail and Tala located the missing 5 yoboy in Acton at 2:20 am.

Maine Warden Service Press Release

WCSH6 Volunteer rescuer and dog find lot 5-year-old in Acton woods

WCSH6 Interview with Dorothy Small

Dorothy Smail Describes the Moment She Finds Missing Boy in Acton

[Stacyville, Maine – March 11, 2017]
Sherman boy, 9, in ‘good health’ after
being found in woods

STACYVILLE, Maine — The 9-year-old Sherman boy who was the subject of an intense search Friday is in good health after becoming lost for nearly 10 hours in a heavily wooded area in Stacyville.

[Arundel, Maine – March 10, 2017]
Authorities find missing
Arundel woman dead, say
gunshot killed husband

WCSH News Update, 3/10/17

[Bradley, Maine – November 18 & 19, 2016]
On Friday, November 18, Ronald Freelove, 69 of Lincoln, Maine was reported lost by his son Keith Freelove of New Hampshire. Keith said his father left their camp on the Kingsbury Road in Bradley, at approximately 12:45 PM.

Exciting news! MESARD team Jake Letendre and his K-9 Reese located the missing hunter, alive! (read more....)

[Greenville, Maine – June 14, 2016] Exciting News!
MESARD K9 team Chad/Jenga located Clarise Jardine 76 y.o. woman lost in Greenville since 5am Monday 6/13. Life saving find! Approx. 5pm tonight, after MESARD searched with MWS for over 24 hours, she was located.... alive!
Full News Release Maine Warden Service
Bangor Daily News Article
Search Photos

[Acadia National Park - April 15, 2016]
The team has had a busy year with 6 attempts to search for a missing man, until FINALLY our dog teams located his body on April 15th!

[Ellsworth - May 14-15, 2016]
Great MASAR conference this weekend!

A BIG shout out to Bryan Courtois for his coordination of the event and speakers and to Nancy Weeks for the incredible meals she coordinated. The day before we had a BASAR Practical Day with 19 people taking the proctored BASAR written exam and doing the field day and night work. All in all an excellent weekend of training!

Thanks to all who attended and those who made it happen!

Kelly Pontbriand and her pup, Drift

[Camp Beech Cliff - March 9, 2016]
Getting ‘found’ when lost takes skill, couple says

March 9, 2016 by Amanat Khullar on News. Kelly Pontbriand prepares to demonstrate how her 2-year-old border collie, Drift differentiates between human scents during outdoor survival training for kids at Camp Beech Cliff on Saturday.

March 9, 2016 by Amanat Khullar on News

[Union, Maine - November 15, 2015]
Maine game wardens say they have located an 82 year old man who wandered away from an assisted living facility in Union. Authorities were notified at about 4:30 Sunday morning that Gordon Stiles had wandered away from the facility into the woods.

WMTW 8 News Article

[Alton, Maine - November 12 & 13, 2015]
(UPDATE Friday 2:25 p.m.) -- The Maine Warden Service reports that Robert Vadas has been found alive. He is being evaluated by medical personnel and then will be transported to the hospital.

WCSH 6 News Article

[Augusta, Maine – October 30, 2015]
The Office of Chief Medical Examiner has positively identified the skeletal remains found on October 14, 2015 in Redington Township as Geraldine Largay.
Bangor Daily News Article,
Maine Warden Service Press Release
Search Photos
A first-person look inside the search
for Geraldine Largay
(BDN 7/25/2016)

Missing-Stonington-man[Stonington, Maine - August 18, 2015]
The body of a missing Hancock County man was found early Tuesday morning, officials said. Bruce Greenlaw, 71, of Deer Isle had been reported missing on Monday and apparently suffered a medical episode, according to Maine Warden Service Cpl. John MacDonald.

Bangor Daily News Article

[Moxie Falls
August 10, 2015] Other than a few bruises from her unexpected overnight stay in the Maine woods, Erica LaChance from Fairfield is now safe among family and friends. See Press Release


[Belfast, Maine – July 22, 2015] (Photo: MESARD K9 Raven and Deb Palman located Ulmer Russ at 3:50 am) An 89-year-old Belfast man was located early this morning after becoming lost in the woods behind his home. Game wardens and Belfast police responded to a residence on Shepard Road owned by Ulmer Russ at about 8:15 Tuesday evening. See Press Release

York woman, dog locate missing woman
Search and rescue canine finds 77 year old lost since Monday

By Susan Morse
July 09, 2014

Body believed to be of missing Canadian man found in Umbazooksus Lake
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted May 06, 2013
Search for Quebec man - Renald Poulin
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Maine Warden Service Press Release
December 13, 2013
Warden service continues search for missing Quebec man
Bangor Daily News
Dec. 02, 2013

After two rainy nights, 86-year-old Benton man found alive
The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
By Rachel Ohm, Morning Sentinel, Posted September 13, 2013
Benton man missing since Wednesday found alive, ‘in bad shape’
By Ryan McLaughlin and John Holyoke, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 13, 2013

View Search Photos

Authorities find body presumed to be of Cushing man missing for two weeks
By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff
Posted June 07, 2013
MESARD Search Dog Team FIND by Michele Fleury
and K9 Nya (Elizabeth Fossett, Flanker)

View of the
search area.

Amherst woman lost all night in Bangor City Forest
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 15, 2011

Cape Neddick man found after becoming lost for two nights in Chesuncook
Bangor Daily News, Sunday, August 11, 2011.

Body of well known Hampden naturalist found in river
Bangor Daily News, Sunday, August 7, 2011.

Lost cousins found in Hancock woods
From the Bangor Daily News and Portland Press Herald,
2 July 2011

Search continues for missing fisherman

From the Bangor Daily News, April 8, 2011

Web News: Bridge jumper search ends
By Darcie Moore, Times Record Staff

Crews search for fisherman missing off Little Deer Isle
Reproduced with permission from the Bangor Daily News.

South Portland area evacuated after blast; building flattened
Reproduced with permission from the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram.

Missing since July, Belledune man's body found
MESARD assists in Belledune, New Brunswick, Canada

Orono: Woman survives night lost in woods
Reproduced with permission from the Bangor Daily News

Greenville man, 77, and dog found after night in woods
Reproduced with permission from the Bangor Daily News

Girl, 2, puppy found safe Tot spent night in Warren woods
Reproduced with permission from the Bangor Daily News

Crews resume search for County woman
Reproduced with permission from the Bangor Daily News

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