Maine man who disappeared after driving wife to work found trapped in truck in New Hampshire woods

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SANFORD, Maine (AP) — A man from Maine who was reported missing was found after being trapped for two days in his pickup truck in a muddy, wooded area in New Hampshire, authorities said.

Robert Brown, 65, of Sanford, Maine, drove his wife to work about 15 miles (24.1 kilometers) away in Rochester, New Hampshire, on Thursday.

Brown’s wife called police early Friday and said she hadn’t seen him since then. Investigators said they pinged his cellphone, but it had died.

Brown, who was found Saturday afternoon, had been driving in nearby Dover, New Hampshire, when his vehicle went off an embankment into a wooded area and became stuck in mud behind a sand pit, trapping him inside, police said.

“This is generally not accessed by people from the public,” Dover Fire Department Lt. Patrick Simmons told WMUR-TV. He said the area is normally used by city workers and others for dumping sand and dirt. “I don’t know how he got out here.”

Two hunters spotted the truck while they were walking in the woods Saturday afternoon. When rescue crews arrived, they could see tracks going down a hill, leading to the truck, Simmons said.

Rescuers removed Brown and took him to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

StardustStuffing on September 18th, 2023 at 13:04 UTC »

That happened here near Seattle. Woman drove home from work and never arrived. The husband was frantic and called the police. They told him to file a missing person's report after a certain time. He's like, what if she's stuck somewhere? They didn't budge. After that time, he called back to file a missing person's report. They refused to file it. It was bizarre. It was like they made up their mind about him and nothing he said or did could convince them to help him. I think he went to the news. Anyway, long story short. After like 6-7 days they finally went over her route and they found her almost dead trapped in her car off the highway in the woods.

Husband and wife sued the cops. I think they won.

EDIT: Just reread the story vs relying on my memory. Her name is Tanya Rider. It was 8 days, not 6-7. Eventually the cops became convinced he did something to her.

They found her while he was at the police station doing a lie detector test.

I couldn't find anything about the suit or settlement so it appears I'm wrong there. They did "apologize" but the police maintain they did nothing wrong and was only following their guidelines.

cheiftouchemself on September 18th, 2023 at 12:31 UTC »

Similar thing just happened to a PA guy in NY the other day. Got stuck in the mud and they found him a mile or two away from his vehicle.

tombalol on September 18th, 2023 at 12:25 UTC »

He is alive, in case you were wondering.