A Maine game warden and his K-9 found a Freeport woman near her home Tuesday morning, roughly 21 hours after she apparently became disoriented during a walk and spent a night in the woods.

Sarah Dowling Photo courtesy Maine Warden Service

Sarah Dowling, 62, was found about 300 yards behind her home on Stevens Farm Road at 6:35 a.m. by Game Warden Kris MacCabe and his K-9, Morgan. Dowling, who is diabetic, was disoriented but able to walk out with assistance, the Maine Warden Service said.

A search for Dowling was launched Monday afternoon. Dowling left a note at her home sometime between 8 and 11 a.m. saying she was going for walk, and had not been seen since then. Dowling is diabetic and she can become disoriented if she is unable to take her medicine, Mark Latti, spokesman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said in a statement.

Searchers began looking for Dowling around 4 p.m. and continued until 2 a.m., concentrating efforts along Stevens Farm Road. Assisting in the search were the Brunswick and Freeport police departments and dozens of volunteers and family members who searched the area on foot. Drones were also used to try to locate Dowling.

MacCabe and K-9 Morgan resumed the search for Dowling at 5:45 a.m. Tuesday.


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