The condition of the 86-year-old Benton man who was missing, and spent two stormy, wet days and nights outdoors is improving.

Arthur Wakeman was taken to Inland Hospital Friday morning after he was found about a mile from his East Benton Road home. He’d disappeared Wednesday afternoon.

Hospital spokeswoman Sara Dyer said today that Wakeman’s condition is improving. After he was taken to the hospital Friday, she said he was resting comfortably, but the hospital is not releasing further information, Dyer said.

A two-day search for Wakeman ended Friday morning at about 9:30 a.m., when he was was found by Deborah Palman, president of the Maine Association of Search and Rescue and her search dog, German shepherd Quinn.

Palman was one of about 65 searchers from the search association, Maine State Police and the Maine Warden Service who scoured the area.

Wakeman was found lying on his back on the ground in the woods, soaking wet, about 30 feet from a snowmobile trail.

Concerns about Wakeman’s welfare were heightened because of severe thunderstorms, wind and hail during the time he was missing. On Thursday night, temperatures dropped into the low 50s.

Matt Hongoltz-Hetling — 861-9287
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