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Missing hiker found alive in Columbia woods following four-day search

Posted at 12:53 PM, Jul 29, 2019

COLUMBIA, Md. — The search is over. An Ellicott City man who went missing for four days was found alive in a wooded area in Columbia.

According to Howard County officials, 44-year-old Jason Mabee was located injured in the woods near the intersection of Presbyterian Circle and Route 108 on Saturday afternoon. They say during a search party assisted with Police, a volunteer member's personal drone found him.

Mabee was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center with life-threatening injuries. Police believe his injuries were caused by an accidental fall.

An initial missing persons report was filed by Mabee's family on July 23 after they were worried about his well-being due to health issues. During his disappearance, officers checked hospitals, shelters, and local parks in an effort to find him.

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Police say they have found no signs of foul play.