Two Lost Hikers Rescued, Later Die When Car Plunges Into Water
JONESBORO, Maine - According to Washington County Sheriff's Department, two hikers who were rescued Tuesday after getting lost near the Roque Bluffs State park hiking trails, were later killed in a car accident when they drove off a boat ramp and plunged into the water.
Prior to the accident, the Maine Warden Service was called in to search for Amy Stiner, 37, of Machias, and Melissa Moyer, 38, of Sunbury, Pa., but shortly before wardens arrived on scene, a local landowner called to say that he had found the women and their dog. According to the Sheriff's department, he gave them a ride to a nearby home where they were met by the wardens who then gave them a ride to their vehicle.
A short time later the warden service received a call from dispatch saying that the same women had called in after driving their vehicle into the water. GPS coordinates taken from their cellphone placed them a mile away from where they were last seen.
Firefighters along with the Washington County Sheriff's Department, the Machias Police Department, Maine Marine Patrol and U.S. Coast Guard responded, but were unable to locate them in time. According to the sheriff's department, the vehicle was eventually discovered underwater roughly 175 feet off the Pond Cove boat ramp.
The bodies of both women were found inside the submerged vehicle. One of the women was five months pregnant.