READSBORO, VT - On September 19, at 12:45 p.m., the Vermont State Police in Shaftsbury responded to a report of a missing person on West Hill Drive in Readsboro, Vermont.
Upon arrival, Troopers determined that a real-estate worker was showing a piece of land with a prospective buyer and several others when he became separated and could not be located.
The missing person was identified as Robert Martins, age 67, of Arlington, VT.
A State Police K-9 unit was on-scene and attempted a quick search of the area. When Martins wasn't immediately found, the Readsboro Fire Department was called in to assist.
State Police Sgt. Brian Turner and Readsboro Fire Chief Adam Codogni worked together by developing a unified command of the search.
Based on the size of the area, it was decided that more resources were needed. Additional Troopers including another K9 unit along with members of the Florida, MA and Whitingham, VT Fire Departments were called in, with four-wheelers. North Adams, MA Rescue was also placed on stand-by at the scene.
Several hours into the search, a Trooper heard screams for help.
Searchers saturated the area and located Martins at 4:15 p.m. in a thick area of woods.
Martins was very dehydrated and tired, but otherwise was in good health.
Readsboro Fire Department personnel were successful in getting Martins out of the woods with the assistance of a four-wheeler.
Martins was evaluated by rescue personnel on-scene and was returned home by a State Trooper.