Search ends for missing Ellsworth man

Timothy Philpott Photo

Searchers in Acadia National Park have formally suspended the search for Timothy Philpott, 50, of Ellsworth who disappeared in Acadia National Park last week.

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Rangers, Maine game wardens and volunteer searchers have suspended a search of the woods and peaks around Parkman Mountain here for a man whose vehicle was left in a parking lot, the keys in it, for several days.

Rangers noticed a car owned by Timothy Philpott, 50, of Ellsworth in the Parkman Mountain Parking Lot off Route 198 during a snowstorm on Tuesday, Jan. 12. It was still there the following day.

On Thursday, Jan. 14, rangers did what is called a “hasty” search along area trails and carriage roads. No trace of Philpott could be found.

That effort expanded to cover off-trail areas and more personnel, including Maine game wardens, rangers, and more than two dozen volunteers and several dog teams from the Maine Association of Search and Rescue. Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue is part of that group and participated.

The area searched included Parkman Mountain, Sargent Mountain, Bald and Gilmore peaks. Officials said after speaking with family members they do not believe that Philpott was hiking or skiing in the area. They declined further comment on why he may have gone to the park. The last known contact with Philpott was a cell phone call from Sargent Mountain late Tuesday afternoon.

On Friday, Jan. 15, a Maine Forest Service helicopter was called in and spent several hours circling over the search area. The search was suspended Friday evening as a snowstorm moved into the area. No operations were conducted during the storm on Saturday, as continuing to do so could have put search personnel at risk.

On Sunday, the search effort formally was ended. A search for Philpott’s body will be conducted as weather allows.

Lt. Ken Adams of the Maine Wardens Service was the incident commander.

Anyone who may have been hiking the vicinity of Parkman or Sargent Mountain on Tuesday, Jan. 12, or who may have information that could assist the case is asked to call 288-8791.

Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.

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