ORONO — University of Maine officials in Orono say they are going to determine what caused a student to spend eight hours lost in the woods after he headed out as part of a fraternity initiation.

Nineteen-year-old Joshua Gilmore of Levant walked out of the woods at about 2:25 p.m. Saturday after wandering along Stillwater River.

The Bangor Daily News says Gilmore and other fraternity pledges were sent in search of an artifact wearing dress shirts, suit jackets and ties at about 6 a.m. Saturday.

Members of the Sigma Chi fraternity called for help at about 8 a.m. when Gilmore didn’t return.

Gilmore was treated and released for hypothermia.

UMaine Vice President for student affairs Robert Dana says the university doesn’t tolerate hazing.


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