2017-08-02 / Front Page

Lost and Found

Extensive coverage of search for Wayne Lamicela

This community and those that surround it spent four days on high alert last week as hundreds of professionals and volunteers conducted a search for a lost hiker.  Wayne Lamicela was discovered alive and fairly well after a 90-plus hour ordeal in the woods, causing tears of joy and sighs of relief from his family and the hundreds who had hoped for and worked for his safe return. And once again, as is so often the case in these mountains, adversity created unity, a sense of purpose, and a reminder of why we’re happy to all this place “home.” 

In an emotional interview with the News on Monday, Lamicela’s wife Jean spoke of the outpouring of love, support and encouragement her family had received from countless people she could not name.  “It was an awful, awful ordeal,” she said, “an unimagineable ordeal no one should ever experience.  But if it had to happen,” she said choking up, “I’m so grateful it happened here.”

Her Facebook note of thanks to the community said it all.  "This is Jean Lamicela. My heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you for your support, prayers, words of encouragement, and willingness to give up your valuable time to search for my husband. A special thanks to Billy Fiedler III - the Lord had you in the right place at the right time. Thank you Billy for bringing my husband back to us. More good will come out of what could have been a tragedy. God has a plan for each of us. I don't know how I can ever repay this wonderful community. You truly are the hands and feet of Jesus. I wish I could personally thank each of you. I hope our paths will cross one day. God bless you all."

How he got lost, how he was found, and how he survived the ordeal is a complex story of conditioning and preparation, dogged determination and perseverance, fate and one family’s faith that the story would have a happy ending. The story, from the perspective of those who searched and those who waited, will appear in our next edition.

Not included in the print edition is the list of Lamicela Search Responders.  It's amazing.

State:

NYS DEC Forest Rangers

NYS Police, including Aviation and K-9

NYS DEC DLE

DHSES & NY IMT

County:

Delaware County Emergency Services

Ulster County Emergency Services

Sullivan County Emergency Services

Ulster County Sheriff’s Office

Schoharie County Search Team

Fire Departments:  Margaretville, Arkville, Fleishmans, Andes, Halcottsville, Bloomville, Bovina, Delhi, Grand Gorge, Stamford, Arena, East Kingston, Franklin, Hancock, Highland, Kripplebush, Walton, Woodstock, Pindars Corners, Lexington, Hobart, Grahamsville, Jeffersonville, Fallsburg, White Sulphur.

NY Federation of Search and Rescue:  LASAR, Team 5-1, Niagara Frontier SAR, Sam’s Point SAR, NJ SAR, NEMSAR, HUMSAR, SARRT, Tri-State Emergency Response, DAWGS, Amigo Dogs, Eagle Valley, Disaster Wilderness, Wilderness SAR, Oswego County Search Team.

Miscellaneous:  Civil Air Patrol, Bellearyre Mountain Ski Patrol, Salvation Army, Community Walk Ins including, among others Rudd & Burr Hubbell and Candace Rudd, volunteer cooks, bakers and servers who kept searchers and command center workers fed.

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