Malden Man Rescued From Woods Wednesday Night

Police found the man after report of calls for help heard in the area.


A Malden man was found in the woods off of Lexington Street last night, after witnesses reported to police that someone could be heard calling for help.

At 9:28 p.m., Officers Mark O'Hearn and Michael Pacheco responded to the area of the for a report of someone "moaning, yelling and/or calling for help."

According to police, the officers canvassed the area and after speaking to witnesses, discovered that the person was located in the woods behind Northern Bank and Trust.

Officers O'Hearn and Pacheco entered the woods on foot and heard "a faint sound coming from deep in the woods."

Unsure of the situation, both officers moved closer to the sound with weapons drawn. Police located a 42-year-old Malden man lying on the ground, with minor injuries to his face and legs.

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Both officers attempted to speak to the man, but he was having trouble speaking, reported police. The man was transported to Lahey Clinic by Woburn Fire. 

A detective responded to the scene and police determined that the Malden man was not the victim of a crime, but had been living in the woods.

Police reported finding "a make-shift living room, equipped with a fire pit... [with] remnants of cigars, alcohol bottles and other assorted trash."

Police learned that the man was living on Old Cambridge Road and had previous medical problems.

"After speaking with the party, it was reported that no assault took place," reported police. "All of his property was returned to him."

Shawn W August 16, 2012 at 04:38 PM
He's probably the guy that leaves his trash all over the place in Horn Pond. I walk my dog through the trails and find new and old campsites with trash and beer bottles strewn about with complete disregard for wildlife and nature. It's not just one or two spots either; they are located throughout the woods.
Gone4Now August 16, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Yes Shawn, he proably summers at horn pond. I'm guessing there is absolutely no chance it's kids leaving beer bottles and trash
Lisa Charland August 16, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Shawn W August 16, 2012 at 10:11 PM
True! But if you read the report, it states he WAS living there or "summering". If you actually walk the trails, you would notice the sites where there are pots and pans, clothes lines, tarps over sleeping bags, empty cans of beans and other non-perishable items, campfires, empty backpacks, old clothes, dog leads and bowls. Maybe your parents made you bring your wet laundry to air dry when you went out with friends, but I'm sure today's kids probably don't do that. I just stated my opinion and you make a wise comment and don't even use your real name, real classy. I'm sorry for insulting your father.
Shannon Sevier August 16, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Shawn he was living in the woods behind Northern Bank and Trust That's Shaker Glen not the Horn Pond area


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