The bodies of two hikers from Massachusetts have been recovered at a Maine mountain, according to officials who believe the pair fell about 100 feet.
The bodies of a 28-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman, both from Rutland, were recovered Saturday by National Park Service rangers working with volunteers from Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue and a helicopter from the Maine Forest Service, according to the National Park Service.
Officials believe the two fell along ice-covered cliff bands on Dorr Mountain.
A search for the two hikers, who were not identified by name, started Friday after family members said the two were overdue, according to a statement from the National Park Service. The hikers had last been heard from around noon Thursday.
“The woman discussed being interested in hiking Cadillac Mountain during a cell phone conversation with family members. Concerns arose on Friday afternoon when they did not check out of their hotel as scheduled or return to their vehicle,” the statement said.
Searchers on foot discovered the bodies late Saturday morning, officials said.
Overnight, the search involved a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter from Cape Cod equipped with thermal-imaging technology. They searched for heat signatures on the north and east sides of Dorr and Cadillac Mountains without success, the statement said.