- 25th Activation
PARISHVILLE SEARCH & RECOVERY
St. Lawrence County, NY 05/27/10
CASART was activated for a search and
rescue operation in the vicinity of Parishville in St. Lawrence County on
Wednesday 05/26/10 by the New York State Federation of Search & Rescue
Teams. A 74 year old woman, Shirleen Lavine or subject was last seen Friday
evening 05/21/10 when she left her home to attend a birthday party at a
nearby home. She drove her car off the main highway and found herself
traveling several miles south on Picketville Road, which soon turns from
paved to dirt then becomes an ATV trail, ending up in dense forest north of
the Rainbow Falls Reservoir. The subject’s car was found 7.6 miles down this
road over the weekend, where she apparently became stuck attempting to turn
around. Family members had said Lavine was showing signs of dementia.
Three (3) CASART members reported to the ICP at 7:00 am on Thursday
05/27/10, Paul Repak, Mike Majdak and Chuck Taylor. Our crew of 8, all
experienced searchers, was sent several miles by truck to Morgan Road on the
southwestern edge of the search area, where we were to find a preset grid
corner on the northern side of Five Falls Reservoir. The woods road took us
to a wooden bridge over Dead Creek that was marked unsafe for vehicle
passage. From there we continued on foot 1.5 miles to our assigned area in
heavy woods cover. We arrived at the flagged location on the edge of the
reservoir at 1040 hrs.
Just as we began our Type III pattern, we heard over command radio that the
subject had been found, and code indicated that she was alive. We thought
that amazing after 6 days. We were directed to walk back out to our vehicle,
but to remain there to await further instruction. We thought that strange,
given that the subject was found. Not until we were finally released to
return to the ICP did we learn that the subject was in fact found deceased.
We surmised we were not immediately released from our search location in
case there was a need to search for additional evidence. We learned that she
was found face-up in a clearing not far from Picketville Road, approximately
two miles back toward Parishville from where her vehicle was found. It was
not known if she had walked back along the road or wandered through the
woods. We departed the ICP for home at approximately 1315 hours. An autopsy
reported she had accidentally drowned.
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to CASART at P.O. Box 143, Inlet, NY 13360, call us at 315-357-4381, visit our web site at
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