Park officials say human remains were found near Parkman Mountain this week in Acadia National Park.

The area around Parkman Mountain has been the subject of several searches since 50-year-old Timothy Philpott's car was found on January 13th in the adjoining parking area. Park officials called off the search on January 16th due to heavy snowfall and, since that time, crews have continued when conditions permitted.

On Friday morning, three members of MESARD were searching a portion of the area that hadn't been covered, with the help of trained search dogs. At around 11 o'clock, one of the dogs alerted on a backpack that was found 40 feet down-slope from the Around Mountain Carriage Road in a heavily forested area northwest of Parkman Mountain. The other searchers took their dogs to the location and, just before three o'clock in the afternoon, one of the dogs alerted on human remains, which were found about 170 feet down-slope from the backpack.

The remains have been removed and taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office, where they can be positively identified and the cause of death determined. Park officials are thanking the Maine Warden Service, Maine Forest Service, Maine Association for Search and Rescue, and Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue for their time and expertise over the past three months.