Mazed & Cornfused

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 9:10am

Family forced to call 911 for help after getting lost in maze.

Police got a frantic 911 call from inside a corn maze in Danvers, Massachusetts Monday evening.

Thousands of people come to the seven-acre corn maze at Connor’s Farms annually to enjoy the
trails and dead ends that the maze offers, but on Monday night, one family with two small children got lost.

“We received a phone call that someone was lost in the maze. We dispatched an officer,” said Sgt. Bob Bettencourt of the Danvers Police Department.

“Hi, I just called; I’m still stuck at Connor’s Farms. I don’t see anybody. I’m really scared. It’s really dark and we have a 3-week-old baby with us," said the mother in the 911 call.

“Police drove to the parking lot and said, ‘Gee, you got someone lost in the maze.’ And I said,
‘You’re kidding!’” said Rich Potter, of Connor’s Farms.

“They were actually yelling to the people because they were very close to getting out of the maze.
They were approximately 25 feet in. They went to them and then escorted the family out of the maze,” said Bettencourt.

The family was not far from the edge of the maze, but they didn’t know that at the time.

All they knew was that they were lost and didn’t know which way to turn.

They called 911 and the police, along with a search dog, went to help.

“Can you hear him barking?” asked the 911 dispatcher.

“I don’t hear anything yet,” said the caller.

“Ok. Go ahead and scream out,” the dispatcher said.

“Hello!” said the caller.

“Say hello canine!” said the dispatcher.

“Hello canine,” said the caller.

“They were yelling back and forth and he walked in because he went to the voice, and then escorted him right out,” said Bettencourt.

Potter said in the four years that they’ve had the maze, a few of them have gotten lost, but no one has called police before.

“It’s got to be a challenger, otherwise it’s not fun,” said Potter.

Families going in and out of the maze said they can understand how you can get lost, but they said if the maze was too easy it wouldn’t be any fun.

“It’s kind of crazy that someone would get lost, but it’s a maze, that’s kind of the concept. You’re supposed to get lost and have fun and find your way out again,” said one maze wanderer.

The farm said that the average person takes about 45 minutes to an hour to find their way out.

They added that if you are afraid of getting lost, take down the office number so you don’t have to call 911.
 

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