February 28, 2013

Third snowmobile found in Rangeley Lake

Search for missing men halted till spring

By Kaitlin Schroeder kschroeder@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

RANGELEY -- The Maine Warden Service found a third snowmobile Wednesday afternoon during the search for three missing men in Rangeley Lake, according to a warden service official.

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Warden diver Tony Gray briefs media on Wednesday on Rangeley Lake.

Staff photo by David Leaming

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John Spencer Sr. and Jackie Henderson, relatives of two of the missing snowmobilers, hug after becoming emotional as Warden Service Cpl. John MacDonald updates news media on Wednesday about the search for the missing snowmobilers. Spencer is the father of John Spencer Jr. and Henderson is the wife of Glenn Henderson.

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All three snowmobiles belonged to the men who were reported missing in late December, warden service Cpl. John MacDonald in a news release Thursday. The machines remained in the lake, he said.

The information about the third snowmobile was withheld until family members were notified, according to an email from MacDonald.

Wardens found the first two snowmobiles Monday, according MacDonald. Previously published information about when the first two snowmobiles were found was inaccurate.

The search was suspended at dusk Wednesday and it will resume in the spring after the ice melts, according to a Thursday afternoon news release from MacDonald.

Wardens had hoped that finding the snowmobiles would lead them to the men's bodies, he said in an email. The plan now is to wait for open water in the spring, which will provide the safest and most effective way to search, he said in the email.

The lost snowmobilers -- Ken Henderson, 40, of China; his cousin Glenn Henderson, 43, of Sabattus; and friend John Spencer, 41, of Litchfield -- were reported missing early Dec. 31.

A news release Thursday morning from MacDonald said the search would continue through Friday, but subsequent information from him did not explain why that plan was abandoned.

Kaitlin Schroeder -- 861-9252


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The Maine Warden Service's remotely operated vehicle is controlled from the surface with a 100 foot tether.

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