A Maine game warden and his K9 found a 90-year-old man who became lost in the woods while using a metal detector to search for artifacts in Township E.

James Thomas left a note at his home in Mexico telling his family he was headed to Township E in Franklin County to look for artifacts around old cellar holes and settlements. When he did not return Friday night, his family went in search of him.

Family members found Thomas’ truck at his camp, but saw that his ATV was missing. They searched the area for him, but called 911 at 11:15 p.m. for help. The Maine Warden Service, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Border Patrol agents responded to search the area.

Games wardens found James Thomas, 90, after he became lost in the woods in Franklin County. Photo courtesy of Maine Warden Service

Early Saturday morning, Game Warden Alex Maxsimic found the ATV parked in bushes beside a logging road several miles from the camp where the truck was parked. Game Warden Chad Robertson and K9 Storm began searching that area and found Thomas at 3:15 a.m.

Thomas was uninjured, but very cold because he was not wearing winter clothing. The temperature was 38 degrees at the time and it was very windy, according to the warden service.

Thomas told wardens he was unable to find his ATV after searching the area with his metal detector. He decided to walk to his truck, but became lost because he did not have a flashlight.

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