EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 12, 2013

Rescuers search for missing man

By Dave Rogers
Staff Writer

---- — GEORGETOWN — More than a dozen local, state and environmental police were among those searching the Crane Pond Wildlife Area area yesterday morning and afternoon for a 65-year-old man reported missing last Thursday.

Bo Hedberg of 103 Thurlow St. was reported missing by his wife, Gail Hedberg. Police Chief James Mulligan said police received the call at around 6:30 p.m. saying he had left their house and had not returned. Police were able to track his last known location to the 2,100-acre area after accessing his cellphone.

“We’re looking for a missing person right now, that’s all we know. The only reason we’re going out there is that ping,” Mulligan said earlier.

After coordinating with other departments Sunday night, Georgetown police and others began their search around 10 a.m. yesterday. Rescue personnel were transported to the reservation area via a state police snowtrack vehicle. The state police also dispatched two K-9 units to aid in the search.

Mulligan said search conditions were difficult thanks to nearly 2 feet of snow that fell over the weekend and a biting rain that began pelting the region yesterday morning. Police suspended their search around 3 p.m. and went back to the station for a debriefing. The search will continue periodically, he said, until emergency units have exhausted all options.

“We’ve marked that area and will go back to that area as the weather improves. It’s very difficult, as you can image. Hopefully he’s someplace safe,” Mulligan said.

The Crane Pond area, which has a handful of nature trails meandering through a densely wooded terrain, is located in a remote corner of Georgetown straddling the Byfield/West Newbury border. It is one of the largest undeveloped tracts of land in the region. Much of it has been flooded in recent years by a steady return of beavers, and many parts of it are inaccessible due to wetlands.

About a dozen law enforcement vehicles were seen parked alongside Thurlow Street, a narrow secluded road that intersects North Street and connects with Byfield Road. Traffic has been reduced to one lane during the search.

The family has put together a Facebook page asking others to help them in the search at facebook.com/FindBoHedberg. Those with any information should call Georgetown police at 978-352-5700.