Canterbury hunter found safe after search in woods

Friday, October 13, 2017

A 79-year-old Canterbury man was found safe Thursday night after his family reported he had not returned home from a hunting trip.

Phil Stone left his home around 3 p.m. and had not been heard from since, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game. His son, Brian Stone, told police shortly before 8 p.m. that he was concerned because his father has dementia.

Less than a half-hour after requesting assistance with the search, Brian Stone found his father “hunkered down in the woods,” Fish and Game officials said. Officers made contact with Brian Stone, who called 911 so dispatchers could record his location. Emergency responders located the father and son about a half-mile into the woods.

Phil Stone did not need medical assistance, authorities said. He was taken to an ATV parked on a snowmobile trial nearby and driven out of the woods. He was reunited with family at about 10 p.m.

Phil Stone told rescuers he had attempted to leave the woods just before dark, but that his flashlight stopped working. He said he was preparing to spend the night when his son found him.

By Alyssa Dandrea