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Maryland Natural Resources Police Use Cell Phone To Find Missing Hikers

Garrett County - On Monday August 18, the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) located two missing hikers off the Big Savage Hiking trail near the Savage River Reservoir, by triangulating the hiker’s cell phone signal.

“I want to commend the NRP and everyone involved for their brave effort,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “Their job is saving lives, and we can’t take for granted the work the men and women of the NRP do to keep us safe.”

The NRP received the call from the Garrett County 911 center describing the two lost hikers: Kathleen Caisse, 38, of Kensington, MD, and Paul Algire, 37, of Baltimore. NRP officers were able to call the hikers, and use that signal to triangulate a search area. Being familiar with the area, officers found the missing hikers at 10:30 in the evening. Officers were able to help the hikers to safety, arriving at the whitewater camping area at around 2:00 AM. The hikers were fatigued, but were not injured.

The NRP officers involved are from the Search Support Unit (SSU). The SSU unit in Garrett County trains on a monthly basis for incidents such as this. The SSU unit also trains in Ice Rescue, coldwater rescue, and swift water rescue.

   August 20, 2009

Contact: Sgt. Brian Albert

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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