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United States Border Patrol Agent Finds Missing Hunter in Vermont

Release Date: 
November 21, 2016

NORTON, Vt. - During the afternoon on Sunday, November 20, a Border Patrol agent from the Beecher Falls Station rescued a hunter who had been missing for four days. The 72-year-old man was found walking in the woods in a very remote area near the Canadian border in Norton, Vermont just before severe winter weather with heavy, dense snow began Sunday afternoon.

Border Patrol Agent Matt Bovay finds a hunter who had been lost in the woods for four days.
Border Patrol Agent Matt Bovay
finds a hunter who had been lost
in the woods for four days.

“This rescue is a great example of the coordination between our federal, state and local law enforcement partners,” said Chief Patrol Agent John Pfeifer of Swanton Sector. “Agent Matt Bovay’s quick thinking and knowledge of the area resulted in the safe return of this hunter just before frigid temperatures and treacherous weather conditions entered the area.”

Earlier in the week Vermont State Police were notified when a hunter failed to return home Wednesday evening from a hunting trip. The following morning, Vermont State Police initiated an extensive search effort with assistance from other state, local and federal agencies. As part of the team, agents from the Newport Border Patrol Station and CBP Air & Marine Operations worked alongside local law enforcement to assist in the search for the missing hunter.

While out on patrol Sunday morning, Border Patrol Agent Bovay encountered the search team in the area of Norton, Vermont. The team explained that they had found the missing hunters rifle sticking out of the water in a beaver pond east of the Hurricane Log Road the night before.

Patrolling the area frequently and being familiar with the geography, Agent Bovay, thought Gagnon Road would be the best place to look for evidence of a person moving through the area. After searching the area on foot for approximately one mile, Agent Bovay successfully located the missing hunter who was in stable condition.  

The Swanton Sector is responsible for securing the land border between ports of entry in Vermont, New Hampshire and northeastern New York. The assistance of citizens is invaluable to their border security mission and they welcome community members to help them keep our nation’s borders safe and report suspicious activity at 1-800-689-3362.

For more on Customs and Border Protection’s mission at our nation’s ports of entry with CBP officers and along U.S. borders with Border Patrol agents, please visit the Border Security section of the CBP website.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021