BAR HARBOR – The two hikers whose bodies were recovered late Saturday morning during a ground search at Acadia National Park have been identified as Wayne Beckford, 28, and Kassandra Caceres, 30, both of Rutland, Mass.
The hikers appear to have fallen about 100 feet along ice-covered cliff bands on Dorr Mountain.
According to the National Park Service, a search was initiated on Friday after family members reported the couple overdue.
According to reports, the couple arrived in Bar Harbor on Tuesday and were last heard from Thursday around noon. The woman, in a phone conversation with a family member, expressed an interest in hiking Cadillac Mountain.
Concerns arose on Friday when they did not check out of their hotel or return to their vehicle.
National Park Service rangers and volunteers from Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue, along with a helicopter from the Maine Forest Service, initiated the search. During the overnight hours, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter from Cape Cod equipped with thermal imaging technology searched for heat signatures on the north and east sides of Dorr and Cadillac Mountains without success.
A ground search began Saturday morning in areas of high probability. Searchers discovered the bodies late Saturday morning.
National Park Service rangers and Maine State Police are investigating, with the assistance of Bar Harbor Police Department.