BAXTER STATE PARK — Crews are searching in Maine’s Baxter State Park for a missing hiker from Ohio.

Park Director Jensen Bissell said park rangers, Maine Warden Service personnel and volunteers began searching Saturday for 41-year-old Michael Hays of Stow, Ohio. The search was expanded today.

Hays was last seen about 2 p.m. Friday on Mount Katahdin’s Pamola Peak. Park officials launched the search after Hays failed to sign out on a hiking register and his rental car was discovered in a parking lot.

Bissell said about 40 people were searching on the ground assisted by a Maine Forest Service aircraft.

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