VT STRONG – Long Trail Jay Lost Hikers found by State Police and North Troy Fire Co’s intimate knowledge of wooded area
Derby, VT: VSP Derby Sgt. Andrew Jensen reports 6.10.2019 Lost hikers. INCIDENT LOCATION: Long Trail in North Troy / Jay area. Grover Boutin called the Derby based Vermont State Police to report (5) five overdue hikers that were due to meet him at a Long Trail crossing off of VT RT 105 in Richford, VT at approximately 1600 hours.
Grover Boutin advised he checked in with the hikers around noon time and
everything was fine but had been unable to reach them via cell phone since. He advised all five hikers ranged in age from 60 – 75 years of age. They began their hike from the Journey’s End trail head in North Troy at approximately 1000 hours.
One of the hikers was eventually able to contact 911 and GPS coordinates were obtained. Based off of their location a VSP cruiser was able to patrol the roadways near Journey’s End Rd and blare the cruiser siren, which the lost hikers were able to faintly hear. With the assistance of members from the North Troy FD who, with all-terrain vehicles and intimate knowledge of the wooded area, were able to locate the lost hikers in a densely wooded area approximately 3/4 of a mile southwest of the Journey’s End Rd/North Jay Rd intersection. All five hikers were physically fine, minus insect bites, and not in need of medical attention.