BENTON — The Maine Warden Service continues its search in Benton today for Arthur Wakeman, an 86-year-old man who left his East Benton Road residence Wednesday, sometime between 2 and 6 p.m.
Wardens were notified that he was missing at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday. When Wakeman left home he was wearing blue jeans and a plaid shirt and likely had his walking stick with him.
The warden service received two credible sightings of Wakeman on Wednesday. The first was in the afternoon on East Benton Road, with a second possible sighting of Wakeman on the Hanscom Road later on in the evening. Both sightings were from area witnesses.
Roadblocks were established late Thursday afternoon to advise area motorists and to distribute literature regarding the search for Wakeman. Maine state troopers and game wardens also performed house-to-house informational interviews in the area Thursday. Canine teams were utilized until about midnight last night with no clues found.
A total of approximately 65 MASAR (The Maine Association for Search and Rescue (MASAR) is a non-profit organization that promotes and develops search and rescue resources for the state of Maine. ) volunteer searchers, State troopers, fire/rescue personnel, and game wardens were involved in Thursday’s search.
Today’s efforts will likely have similar numbers. Warden service aircraft and a Maine First Service helicopter will also be utilized today weather permitting. A command post has been established at the Albion Fire Department.
If anyone has seen Wakeman within the last 24-hours, or has information related to his walking habits, please call the Augusta State Police Communication Center at 624-7076.