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The Warden Service K-9 team found two missing children in the woods near their home in Phillips on Wednesday evening

May 30—PHILLIPS — A Maine Warden Service K-9 team located two missing children, ages 2 and 3, Wednesday evening in a densely wooded area off Number 6 Road, about a half-mile from their home, according to a news release from Emily MacCabe, director information and education for the Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

At about 3:45 p.m., the two siblings were playing outside with their older brother at their home on Heron Mark Lane in Phillips when the two ran out of the driveway, onto the road and out of sight, MacCabe wrote.

The older brother told his parents, Alexandra and Ryan Hutchinson, who immediately began searching for the two children. After searching nearby roads for a short time and still being unable to locate the children, authorities were called.

Franklin County sheriff’s deputies responded around 4:45 p.m. and alerted the Maine Warden Service to the missing children, Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. said. Guards responded around 5 p.m. to search for the children.

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Game Warden Chad Robertson and K-9 Storm found the missing girl and boy in Phillips around 7:45 p.m.

Twelve game wardens and several deputies assisted in the search.

“This was a great team effort by everyone involved,” said Sgt. Scott Thrasher, one of the game wardens who responded to the scene. “Warden Robertson and K-9 Storm were the heroes here and helped prevent these two young children from spending a long night alone in the woods.”

Maine Warden Service was assisted by Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and NorthStar EMS Ambulance.

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