The body of a 29-year-old Portland man, who went missing while on a camping trip, was located on Saturday.

Samuel Kern of Portland left home on Friday, September 18th, after telling his family that he had planned a camping trip. On September 23rd, after several days with no contact, family members reported him missing to the Maine Warden Service, and began searching on their own. That initial search turned up his vehicle, which was parked at the Fire Warden's trailhead of Pleasant Mountain.

The Maine Warden Service began their search Wednesday evening and  until his body was found at approximately 5:00 Saturday afternoon by a K9 team from the Maine Search and Rescue dogs (MESARD). His body was located about two-thirds of a mile from his vehicle.

Kern's death is not considered suspicious. An autopsy will take place at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The Maine Warden Service was aided in the search by the Denmark and Bridgton Fire Departments, Bridgton Police Department, the Maine Association for Search and Rescue, and the Maine Search and Rescue Dogs, as well as community volunteers.

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