On Tuesday January 20, 2015 at 7:51 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to the EPOCH Assisted Living Center on Harwich Road to assist the police department with a search for a missing elderly female resident of the facility who was reported to be on foot and possibly attempting to return to her home in Eastham. Brewster Police and Fire departments set up a unified command post in the lobby of the facility to ensure proper coordination and deployment of resources utilized throughout the large scale search. Using ATV’s, a boat and thermal imaging cameras Brewster Fire and Police personnel along with a Massachusetts State Police helicopter, State Troopers, and Barnstable Sheriff’s Department K-9 dogs searched the area around the facility, Fisherman’s Landing, Sheep’s Pond, Nickerson State Park, and the Cape Cod Rail Trail to the Eastham line while Harwich and Dennis Police Departments conducted searches of the Rail Trail in their communities for several hours throughout the night.
A few hours after the search was again commenced on Wednesday morning a caretaker of Camp Favorite Girl Scout Camp located off Crowell’s Bog Road along the Harwich border found the missing female at approximately 7:30 a.m. while conducting his normal daily check of the property. The Brewster Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the patient to Cape Cod Hospital for evaluation of possible exposure and several non-life threatening injuries.