Town of Ohio
Herkimer County
Wilderness Rescue: On July 29 at 6:15 p.m., Forest Ranger Bills began searching for a 47-year-old man and four children, ages five, eight, nine, and 12, last seen at 11:30 a.m. by relatives at North Lake. The person who reported the group was overdue claimed the man may be intoxicated and looking for the Ice Cave Mountain trail. The children were wearing shorts and t-shirts and did not have food or water. By 9:30 p.m., five additional Rangers joined the search. The search area had no cell service, poor radio coverage, and posed many hazards even for experienced hikers. By 2:30 a.m., Rangers were joined by State Police and NYSP K-9. Search crews spent the night looking at Ice Cave Mountain, Golden Stair Mountain, multiple logging trails, drainages, and swamps with negative results. Six additional Rangers and four members of the NYSP Special Operations Rescue Team (SORT) began searching at 5:50 a.m. Ranger Evans sent two SORT members to search north of Golden Stair Mountain, and at 9 a.m., they found the group in a drainage. The temperature had dropped to 47 degrees overnight, and the children were cold and hungry. Local EMS checked out the group and reunited the children with relatives. The man was taken in by police for questioning.