A 25-year-old man who was reported missing Monday after leaving his house in Holden to go for a walk was found several hours later about two miles away, according to a release from the Maine Warden Service.

Joshua Webb left his house at 4 p.m. Monday, but his father became concerned when he had not returned after several hours. His father contacted Holden police at 7 p.m. to report his son, who has autism, missing. A Holden police officer responded and requested the assistance of the Brewer Police Department, a Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit, Holden Fire / Rescue, and the Maine Warden Service.

Webb’s fresh footprints were located in the snow along railroad tracks near Wilson Street, and a police dog, Dozer, was deployed. Penobscot County Deputy Ryan Allen found Webb about 90 minutes later in woods between Wilson Street and Bagaduce Road.

Webb was cold, disoriented and not dressed for the extreme temperatures. He was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital for treatment for a substantially decreased core body temperature.

“With temperatures hovering around zero and wind-chills near 15 below, the man would likely not have survived a night in the woods,” said Lt. Dan Scott of the Warden Service.

The Warden Service issued a reminder that hypothermia can set in rapidly in extreme temperatures. People should self-monitor and pay special attention to young children for signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Anyone who is outdoors for a length of time should dress accordingly, take a friend and tell someone where they plan to go and when they plan to return.