Death at Baxter State Park
MILLINOCKET -- The body of a Millinocket boy was found at about 7:25 p.m., more t han 3 hours after he was reported missing Wednesday.
According to Baxter State Park’s chief ranger, Chris Drew, the body of 16 year-old Dwight Rideout was found about 2 miles below the Basins Ponds.
Rideout, a student at Stearns High School, had been hiking with a friend, 18 year-old Aaron Doody, also of Millinocket. According to park rangers, the two had become separated with Rideout lagged behind the older hiker.
Rideout left the Chimney Pond Trail and became lost in the difficult terrain, which is described as being thick with scrub and dwarf trees.
Temperatures were in the 90s at the time that the boy became separated, and black fly activity was described as high.
The teenager was said to have been in good health and physical condition.
After an extensive search by park rangers, as well as members of the Lincoln Search and Rescue team, Dirigo Search and Rescue, and the Baxter State Trail Crew, park ranger Rob Tice found a t-shirt like the one Rideout was said to be wearing. A short time later, he found the boy’s body.
An autopsy is expected to be performed today, according to a spokesman for the state medical examiner’s office.