CAMDEN — A 14-year-old male lost in Camden Hills State Park walked out of the park on his own in the area of the Beveridge Farm on Turnpike Drive, which is on the border of the state park.

Multiple agencies responded to a call that came in at 12:15 p.m. to Knox County Regional Communications that an autistic and deaf student was missing from a group from the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences hiking in the State Park, according to Camden Fire Chief Chris Farley. The call came in from the intersection of the Megunticook Trail and Adams Lookout Trail, he said.

Camden Fire & Rescue, Camden Police, State Park rangers, Coastal Mountains Search & Rescue, Knox County Emergency Management Agency, Maine Wardens Service, including a number of Game Wardens and a Maine State Trooper, responded to the search.

Knox County Regional Communications sent its mobile command unit to the area. Rockland Fire and EMS responded to Farley’s request to bring their drone to aid in the search.

The teen was able to find his way out of the park around 1:45 p.m., Farley said.

Cheryl  and Steve Beveridge were at home on their farm on Turnpike Drive, when Cheryl saw a boy walking down the road. “I asked him how he was doing, and he said fine, but I could see he was a little lost,” she said.

They kept asking him questions, and figured someone might be looking for him, she said. Steve called dispatch, and they found out there was a search going on for the teen, who was autistic and wearing two hearings aids, she said.

They asked if he could eat sugar, and when he said he could, they gave him zucchini bread, strawberries and water. He was talkative and happy as a clam, Cheryl said.

She was very impressed he was led by his sense of direction down the mountain and out of the woods. “I thought he did a good job – to me what was so awesome is he kept his head about him, and it was unique that he was able to do that.”

Maine Warden Service Sergeant Justin Fowlie said just before he got to the area it was reported that the teen was located at the Turnpike Drive residence, and he went over to talk to him. The teen told Fowlie he got separated from the group, followed blue markers, went over the mountain and came down on the other side. Fowlie also described the teen as calm and happy to tell him his story.

The Warden Service is responsible for organizing and managing search and rescue operations, and partners with volunteer groups like Coastal Mountain Search & Rescue, which are vital to helping them with their mission, Fowlie said.

The Warden Service’s chief pilot was also on the way when the teenager was found. “Anytime we get a lost person, it’s high priority,” Fowlie said. “A child lost is super high importance.”