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Maryland Natural Resources Police Locate Lost Off-Road Vehicle Operators in Green Ridge State Forest

Allegany County - On July 30, 2009, at 1:30 a.m., Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) received a call from Allegany County 911 about two people who were lost in the Green Ridge State Forest in Allegany County. The two individuals, Jason Cristofori, 33 years old and Glenn Plummer Jr., 45, both of Cumberland, were driving an off-road vehicle on the Off-Road Vehicle trail located in Green Ridge State Forest at 8 p.m. on July 29, 2009. The vehicle became disabled. The individuals tried to get out of the trail by walking. As it became dark, the individuals became disoriented. They located a marker on the trail and used their cell phone to call for help. The call reached Allegany County 911 who transferred it to the Natural Resources Police Communication Center in Annapolis. Corporal Harry Cage was dispatched to the scene. Cpl. Cage made contact with the lost hikers through their cell phone. The hikers were able to describe their location to Cpl. Cage. Through Cpl. Cage’s knowledge of the area, he was able to locate them within the hour.

“The area where the individuals became lost was very rugged, and provided very little opportunity for cell phone reception,” said Cpl. Cage. “It is amazing they even had reception in the area.”

When Cpl. Cage located the individuals, they had minor cuts and bruises and refused medical treatment. They were transported back to their residences. The search for the victim’s vehicle is continuing.

“I would like to commend Corporal Cage and the Maryland Natural Resource Police for their courageous effort in locating these individuals,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “The NRP once again has demonstrated their dedication and bravery in protecting our citizens as they explore Maryland’s outdoors.”

The Natural Resources Police would remind hikers and off-road enthusiasts to be familiar with their hiking location, weather forecast, and prepare accordingly. Always leave a hiking plan with a friend or relative. This plan should describe your destination, your route, length of stay and your expected return time. This information will be important to rescue workers if they are needed. A cell phone or other means of communication is an important tool to have during your trip. Consider caring a handheld GPS or cell phone with GPS capability to provide location for EMS response, although the cell phone should not take the place of taking the necessary precautions before you embark on your trip.

   July 30, 2009

Contact: Sgt. Art Windemuth

The Maryland Natural Resources Police is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 249 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteer personnel, the NRP provide a variety of services in addition to conservation and boating law enforcement duties throughout the State of Maryland. These services include homeland security, search and rescue, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services on a round the clock basis. NRP is the only police force aside from the Maryland State Police that has statewide jurisdiction.

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