Game wardens seek volunteers to help in Sept. 17 Medford search for missing woman

Posted:  Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 1:45pm

The Maine Warden Service is seeking volunteer searchers. Maine game wardens are planning a search for missing person Diana Esteys, from the town of Medford, Sunday, September 17. Esteys went missing last year on/about November 1, 2016. A family friend originally called to report her missing after not seeing her for several days just after Halloween.

On Sunday, Maine Warden Service will be conducting another ground search for Esteys in the Medford area.

The Maine Warden Service is asking for the help from members of the public for this search. If you are interested in assisting with the search and meet the following criteria you can assist. Wardens are hoping for approximately 100 people who meet the following criteria to perform grid searches in a variety of terrain. That criterion is:

· Must be physically fit
· Have proper clothing, long pants, long sleeve light or heavy shirt, hiking boots or rubber boots. No shorts, flip flops, crocks or Teva –type footwear.
· No children under 18
· You will be working in a team environment and must be able to follow tasks from a team leader while working with other team members.
· Take snacks, refreshment and lunch for yourself.

If you do not meet the above criteria and would still like to help, you can help manage food, donate food, donate water and assist with parking management.

Those who would like to help are being asked to meet at the command post for the search will be located at the Medford Town Office on September 17th between 7:30 and 9 a.m. This is at 1015 Medford Center Road in Medford. ICall 695-3756 X 1 (Greenville Office – Maine Warden Service) Monday through Friday from 8  a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Since her disappearance, searches have been conducted using many different resources such as K9 teams and ground search teams from the Maine Warden Service and the Maine Association of Search and Rescue (MASAR). Aircraft and helicopters from the Maine Warden Service and Maine Forest Service have also been used. Maine State Police and Piscataquis County Sheriff's office have been involved in the investigation of Esteys disappearance, as well.

“A large area has been covered to date with no clues as to Esteys' location,” said the Warden Service in a news release. “We hope that this Sunday’s efforts might help bring closure to the Esteys family. We thank you in advance.”