From BSP Facebook post Aug. 29, 2015 11:15 a.m.
Search effort continues for overdue hiker in Baxter Park.
Baxter Park Rangers, Maine Warden Service personnel, Maine Forest Service aircraft, Civil Air Patrol, and volunteer search and rescue personnel searched on Friday, August 28 for a 78 year old Virginia hiker who failed to return from a Thursday, August 27 hike of the OJI-Coe-Marston Trail loop in Baxter State Park.
Eighty people are now engaged in an expanded search for John Lyon of Dumfries, VA. Search resources include ground searchers, dog teams, and fixed wing and rotor aircraft. Lyon was last seen on the Mt. Coe Trail north of the peak of Mt. Coe around 1:30 pm on Thursday before leaving his three hiking companions, also from Virginia, to hike ahead.
The Maine Warden Service has established a Command Post at the Marston Trailhead on the west side of Baxter State Park approximately 16 miles north of Togue Pond Gate on the Park Tote Road.
The Marston and Mt. Coe Trails have been closed to public hiking to facilitate the search effort. Parking at the entrance to the Slaughter Pond Trail has also been suspended for the period of the search.