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Search for missing hiker, 6-month-old child ends well in Southington

SOUTHINGTON — A woman and 6-month-old child emerged from the woods near Crescent Lake trail unharmed on Friday after the woman called 911 and reported they were lost, a town firefighter said Monday.

The search began at slightly before 6 p.m. on Friday when the woman called 911 to report that they had gone off the trail near the northern shore of the lake and the Plainville town line, authorities said. 

By 7 p.m., the searchers had intermittent contact with the woman via cellular telephone and were trying to guide her out of the woods by sounding sirens and horns.

The two were safe by dark, sometime shortly before 8 p.m., Southington Fire Department Battalion Chief Eric D’Arcy said.

Crescent Lake, part of Sunset Rock State Park, is east of Interstate 84 off Shuttle Meadow Road and south of I-84 and Route 72. The trail, about two miles, is described at local mountain biking and hiking websites as rocky and rugged.

A local ambulance service examined the two and found them in good health. A search dog, town firefighters and an ATV from the Plainville Police Department participated in the search, D’Arcy said.

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