February 28, 2013

Maine man missing since crash turns up in Mass.

The Associated Press

OXFORD — A Maine man who went missing after crashing his car last weekend has been located about 150 miles away in Massachusetts.

Police say 24-year-old Gene Stanley Burns Jr. of Oxford was last seen Saturday night walking shortly after the crash.

Oxford police Lt. Michael Ward says police sent Burns a text message asking his whereabouts, and he responded Tuesday to tell them he was in Abington, Mass., about 20 miles south of Boston, although he was unsure how he got there.

Police tell the Sun Journal his mother drove to Massachusetts to bring Burns home.

Ward says police mounted an expensive and time-consuming search for Burns involving more than a dozen law enforcement officials, dogs and a plane, fearing he was hurt.

The accident remains under investigation, but Burns could face charges.

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