MILLINOCKET – Two women who were reported missing Monday afternoon in Millinocket have been found. Game wardens spotted the two in a car Tuesday morning stuck near the Caucomgomoc Lake region.
Apryll Tapley-Pepper and Tammy Michaud were found on Tuesday morning on the remote Caucomgomaoc road. Officials say muddy conditions did play a factor.
“Late at night this time of year, those roads are pretty soupy,” said Millinocket Police Chief Craig Worster. “There’s a mud season for a reason and right now we’re in the middle of it.”
According to chief Worster, the two women left Highlands Tavern in Millinocket Sunday afternoon and headed north on the Golden Road. It’s unclear as to when, but their vehicle struck a rock and punctured their oil pan.
“They had gotten stuck on a culvert which this time of year it would be hard pressed not to get stuck,” said Worster.
The pair were spotted by a Maine Warden Service aircraft at around 8:30 Tuesday morning. Game wardens on the ground then drove to the vehicle to assist them.
“Up in that area…there’s no cell service and a word of advice would be to have an overnight bag,” said Worster.
On Monday evening, community members gathered at the Moose Drop-In on Penobscot Avenue in Millinocket to organize their own grassroots search effort. Those volunteers said at least 30 people came out to help. In a press release, the Maine Warden Service reminded all those traveling in remote areas with little to no cell phone service to be prepared with extra gear and to tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll return.