Search for missing man suspended

Timothy Philpott
Timothy Philpott

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — Rangers, Maine game wardens and volunteer searchers have suspended a search of the woods and peaks around Parkman Mountain here for a man whose car was left in a parking lot, the keys in it, for several days.

Rangers noticed a car owned by Timothy Philpott, 50, of Ellsworth in the Parkman Mountain Parking Lot off Route 198 during a snowstorm on Tuesday, Jan. 12. It was still there the following day.

On Thursday, Jan. 14, rangers did what is called a “hasty” search along nearby trails and carriage roads. That effort expanded to cover off trail areas and more personnel, including 25 volunteers and several dog teams from the Maine Association of Search and Rescue. Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue is part of that group and is participating.

The area searched includes Parkman Mountain, Sargent Mountain, Bald and Gilmore peaks. Officials said after speaking with family members they do not believe that Philpott was hiking or skiing in the area. They declined further comment on why he may have gone to the park. The last known contact with Philpott was a cell phone call from Sargent Mountain late Tuesday afternoon.

On Friday, a Maine Forest Service helicopter was called in and spent several hours circling over the search area. The search was suspended Friday evening as a snowstorm was moving into the area. No operations were conducted during the storm on Saturday, as continuing could have put search personnel at risk of injury.

On Sunday, the search effort was formally ended. A search for Philpott’s body will be conducted as weather allows.

Lt. Ken Adams of the Maine Warden’s Service was the incident commander.

Anyone who may have been hiking the vicinity of Parkman or Sargent Mountain on Tuesday, Jan. 12, or who may have information that could assist the search is asked to telephone 288-8791.

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.

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