WINSLOW — Police on Sunday located a young woman whose reported disappearance Saturday prompted an air, ground and water search of the Kennebec River. The search by police, fire and rescue personnel and game wardens using an airplane and boats came after a cyclist reported finding clothing left on a bench on the riverside near the Two Cent Bridge in Winslow. He said he had seen a girl or young woman wearing the clothing 20 minutes earlier.
A blouse and blue jeans were folded up neatly on a bench along with boots she was wearing, but the woman was gone, police said.
The cyclist described the person as being in her teens or around 20. Police and rescue personnel feared the woman had gone into the river.
The woman, whom police Officer Brandon Lund said is 24, reported to police on Sunday, Lund said.
“An adult female, escorted by her mother, has come to the Winslow police department that identified the clothes as hers,” Lund said in an email to the Morning Sentinel. “She identified herself as a transient. The female was wearing clothing under the clothes that she was seen wearing, which she discarded. She stated she discarded them thinking someone may be able to use them. The female has been located and is safe.”
Lund said he does not know why the woman was wearing two layers of clothing. He said her mother saw a picture of the clothing published Sunday and recognized them as belonging to her daughter.
“We’re positive the person that claimed the clothing is the rightful owner and the person seen wearing them,” he said.