Update: Woman reported missing found safe, unhurt


Sgt. Dave Craven of the Maine Warden Service (left) and Game Warden Brian Tripp (right) talk with Janet Rier after she was found early Wednesday morning in Ellsworth. The 56-year-old Rier had last been seen Sunday afternoon in Fletchers Landing and was reported missing Tuesday.

ELLSWORTH — A woman last seen in Fletchers Landing Township Sunday afternoon was found safe and unharmed Wednesday morning in Ellsworth.

Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service said 56-year-old Janet Rier was found around 7 a.m. Wednesday near Route 179.

Rier is from Lubec but has been staying with her sister in Fletchers Landing since December, according to MacDonald.

Rier had last been seen around 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the sister’s residence, and was reported missing Tuesday afternoon.

MacDonald said initial statements from Rier indicate she was “camping in the woods,” but he said wardens are talking with her to get more information.

Wardens remind anyone spending time in the woods to tell someone else where they are going and when they plan to return.

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller has worked at The Ellsworth American since 2012. He covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland. [email protected]