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    I knew this didn't sound right (two articles follow)

    Search yields no sign of missing Columbia man
    October 26, 2003
    Associated Press

    COLUMBIA, Conn. -- More than 100 people spent their weekend searching the woods for a missing man.

    Thomas Ryan, 47, was last heard from Saturday when he called from his cell phone and told friends he had gotten his truck stuck in the woods and was trying to walk out, police said. His truck was found Saturday afternoon.

    Columbia Fire Chief Mike Lester said volunteers standing almost shoulder-to-shoulder in lines searched over six square miles of woods near Mono Pond.

    "We've crisscrossed and searched and done everything we can," Lester said. "It's pretty rough terrain in there."

    The searchers used dogs, all-terrain vehicles, and the state police helicopter, before calling everyone out of the woods Sunday afternoon.

    State police Sergeant Kathleen Miller said a missing persons investigation would continue.

    "We are interviewing the family and friends," she said. "We still have troopers going door-to-door canvassing the area to see if anyone saw anything," she said.


    And now, the rest of the story:

    Missing Man Found In Colchester
    9:57 AM EST,October 27, 2003
    Associated Press

    COLCHESTER, Conn. -- A 47-year-old Columbia man who was the subject of a weekend search in the woods near his home, has turned up in Colchester.

    Thomas Ryan was in good condition and apparently was unaware people were looking for him, said Sgt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman.

    "He was in fact not missing, but had failed to notify friends and family and friends of his whereabouts," Vance said.

    Ryan was last heard from Saturday when he called from his cell phone and told friends he had gotten his truck stuck in the woods and was trying to walk out, police said. His truck was found Saturday afternoon.

    Columbia Fire Chief Mike Lester said about 100 volunteers standing almost shoulder-to-shoulder in lines searched over six square miles of woods near Mono Pond. The searchers used dogs, all-terrain vehicles, and the state police helicopter, before ending the search Sunday afternoon.

    "You're talking about manpower, the danger of being in the woods, tying up all that equipment and all that expertise," Vance said.

    No criminal charges will be filed, and there is no provision in Connecticut to bill someone for the cost of a bogus search, Vance said.

    "You can't put a price on it," he said. "You assess the situation, and put forth the resources needed to get the job done. That's what was done in this case."
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  • #2
    well, atleast the person is ok. However, i would probably be ****ed off if i had to do that and that there was no reason too, all because the person failed to notify.

    I would have tried calling the cell phone back
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    • #3
      Our guys were there from 7am/7:30ish to about 4pm.

      They all figured the guy was dead.
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      • #4
        We get this on occasion at the Rescue Centre too. Mostly there isn't much that can be done to the individuals, except maybe smack them in the head for being foolish.

        To date we have only laid charges against one person for a bogus search and that is because his boat was actually on the trailer in the driveway. He was pickled to the nines, and his neighbour heard him calling a "Mayday" and reported it. But of course not before we had CCG, air and US CG out looking for this guy.

        His case came up and he was fined and I think he also got some "can time" too.
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        • #5
          unfortunately we always see people doing stupid things in this line of work.. To bad being stupid is not a crime!

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          • #6
            Send him a bill for the cost of 8-9 hours flight time for the state helicopter......and he won't do that again.
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            • #7
              i concur with NJFFSA16's idea
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              • #8
                Pain in the ***? Yup
                Inconsiderate? Definately
                Did he break the law or do anything wrong? Nope!

                He called and said his truck broke down. Did he ask for help? Nope. Did he imply that he needed rescue? Nope. Did he tell anyone he would call them when he got back? Doesn't sound like it.

                I agree, it would have been nice for him to tell someone that he arrived home safely, but face it folks this rescue situation is not his doing nor his "fault". As mdodds mentions, did someone try calling the cell phone back?
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                • #9
                  That's what I've been thinking all along too, Lady. Its the friends that are at fault.

                  Unless we see a transcript of the actual call the guy made to his friends, that's my take on the whole thing LOL
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                  • #10
                    Maybe he should've just stayed in the woods and lit a signal fire?
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