ELLSWORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Two kids from Ellsworth are safe today after going missing for several hours during Thursday's snow storm.
Responders began a massive search for the children Thursday evening. The two 8-year-old twins --- one a boy and the other a girl --- got lost near their home on Branch Pond Road after a day of sledding.
The situation was tense but thankfully the children were found safe. Ellsworth police officers and firefighters arrived on the scene with thermal imaging cameras and police K-9 units. Eventually police were able to isolate tracks that the kids left in the snow, which led them to the children.
In all responders say the two kids walked a distance of three-quarters of a mile from their home.
"Even though snow made conditions tough for the searchers and tough for the kids out there...it actually helped us in the end," remarked Maine Game Warden Eric Rudolph, "because we were able to find a direction of travel quite quickly usually."
"I would have to wager that probably 99 percent of the people out there looking were also parents. Ya know we understand the parents of these children," said officer Kelvin Mote of the Ellsworth Police Department, who was involved with the search, "we understand their fears and all we want to do is find those kids...knowing that they're out there cold and scared...that's paramount."
Responders say the two kids were checked out and released by County Ambulance on Thursday night after they were found.