A 57-year-old man with dementia who wandered off while attending an event at Ridge View Community School in Dexter Tuesday morning was found just as law enforcement officials were preparing for an overnight search, according to police.
Daniel Robichaud, of Dexter, was attending Grandparents’ Day at the school when he left the school around, said Dexter Police Chief Kevin Wintle.
“There was a lot of concern for his safety because he gets very agitated due to the dementia,” said Wintle. “We were concerned because we couldn’t find him in the woods around the school.”
Robichaud was reported missing after members of his family who were at the school realized he was gone and a cook from the school saw him walking down the driveway.
The Maine Warden Service responded immediately with a helicopter to assist in the search and the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department also responded with a tracking dog unit.
At around 5:20 p.m. Robichaud was found by two people at a Boy Scout camp off Dover Road, about five miles from the school, said Wintle. The camp does not have a name but is near Lake Wassokeag, he said.
“He was cooperating, but confused,” said Wintle.
Police had been planning an overnight search for Robichaud, who was taken to Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft, but did not appear to have any injuries, said Wintle.
Rachel Ohm — 612-2368 | firstname.lastname@example.org