2014-08-27 / Police & Safety

Missing family found safe after Sunday river search

by Kate Evans

A concerned woman’s call to 911 about family members that hadn’t returned home yet from a float trip sparked a search along the Cacapon River in Largent by police and river and rescue officials on Sunday night.

The four returned home safely on their own after searchers were unable to locate them due to fog.

The call came in to Morgan County Dispatch around 9:15 p.m. on August 24, said Morgan County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh.

The woman said she’d dropped off her husband and three daughters at the bridge in Largent earlier that evening. They were supposed to come out of the river at a house further downstream, but hadn’t arrived yet, he said.

Fire and rescue units from Paw Paw and Great Cacapon Volunteer Companies and three Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene and searched in the dark with the aid of residents that knew the area.

Trooper 3 – the Maryland State Police helicopter unit based out of Frederick, Md. — was also called in and did one helicopter sweep of the area around 10 p.m., but it was getting foggy and another pass was called off, Shambaugh said.

The incident ended happily when the woman called 911 again around 10:30 p.m. to report that her husband and daughters had been found uninjured and were home safe and sound.

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