On Sunday July 17, 2022 at approximately 8:22 a.m. the Milford Police Department was contacted by the Hopedale Police Department to assist them in locating one of their residents who didn’t return home from the previous day and had been missing since 2:00 p.m. The day shift supervisor Sgt. Joseph Rizoli and his entire shift immediately started an investigation and searched for the individual throughout the day checking several locations in town. Hopedale Police received approximate locations from pinging the missing man’s cell phone in the area of the Quarries around Walden Woods and RT 495. The supervisor also had a couple of officers use the department’s ATV to enter the woods in search of the missing man. Deputy Chief Robert Tusino also called in Department Drone Team to help assist looking for the subject and his vehicle to no avail due to the dense forest cover. Hopkinton Police and Fire also assisted in the search due to the proximity near their town. Massachusetts State Police also sent a K9 to assist in the search.
After searching almost the entire shift after additional officers and volunteers searched the wooded area on foot, Milford Police Officers Jacob Campbell and Crystal Gallagher located the vehicle overturned in the heavily wooded area near Walden Woods at approximately 3:37 p.m. The missing male was found trapped but alert and conscious but complaining of pain. The man was extricated from underneath his vehicle and transported out of the woods by Hopkinton Fire Rescue and transported by Community Ambulance to Milford Regional Medical Center for treatment.
I am very thankful and appreciative of all the hard work and efforts by members of the Milford Police Department which include Deputy Chief Robert Tusino, Sgt. Joseph Rizoli, Patrol Officers Jeanne Van Patten-Steiger, Jonathan Branch, Michael Johnson, James Woodward, Brian Sanchioni, Dispatchers Amanda Gresian, Jonathan Shuman and Felipe Benjamin. All of you helped in successfully locating the missing man for over 24 hours and thru the night and in distress. I am very proud of all of you for your professionalism and your dedication to work hard for those in need of our service. Thank you again.
I’d also like to thank the Milford Fire Department, Hopedale Police Department, Hopkinton Police Department, Hopkinton Fire Department, the Mass State Police Department, several civilian volunteers and members of Community Ambulance.
James F. Falvey
Milford Police Chief