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81-year-old woman missing after hike in Catoctin Mountain Park

August 05, 2008

THURMONT, Md. -- Park rangers were searching Tuesday for an 81-year-old woman who has been missing since she didn't return from a hike Monday in Catoctin Mountain Park, park officials said in a news release.

Barbara Freund is 4 feet 11 inches tall, weighs about 120 pounds, and has blond hair and blue eyes. She was wearing a white shirt, red shorts and tan shoes, park officials said. She also suffers from minor dementia and mobility impairments.

Freund was last seen along Camp Misty Mount, park officials said. She was reported missing at about 4:30 p.m. Monday. When a search by park rangers was unsuccessful, the park called for assistance from state and federal agencies, park officials said.

To limit the amount of traffic in the search area, the National Park Service has closed Park Central Road from Camp Misty Mount to above the Hog Rock parking area.

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Anyone with information on the whereabouts of this missing hiker may contact the National Capital Region Communications Center Emergency Hotline at 1-866-677-6677.

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