Lt. Bradley R. Morse
October 16, 2023

Milton, NH – On October 14, 2023, at 10:30 p.m., New Hampshire Fish and Game was notified of a missing hunter in Milton. Dale Sanborn, 83, from Lebanon, Maine, was reported missing by family members. New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers responded along with Milton Fire/EMS and Milton Police.

Sanborn was located at 1:30 a.m. on October 15 by searches in the area. He was a short distance from his truck on Branch Hill Road in Milton. Sanborn had no injuries and was fatigued and cold. He stated that he had begun hunting around 4:00 p.m. and after it started to get dark, he climbed down his tree stand and started walking back to his parked vehicle. He decided to take a shortcut through the woods and became disoriented. Sanborn was unable to locate the road or his truck and when he saw lights, he called out and was located by searchers.

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