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Search underway for missing hunter

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DANVILLE, Vt. -

The search is on for a missing hunter in Danville.

Under the thick of darkness - Vermont State Police searched for 33 year old Trevor Barrett.

"It's a huge radius," says Vermont State Police Sgt. Denis Girouard.

Investigators say around 2p.m. yesterday afternoon Barrett set out on a bow hunting expedition -- starting on Wightman Road in Danville.

His plan was to make his way from there to his home in McIndoe Falls -- a nearly 10 mile trip. But at around 7 p.m., Barrett called his girlfriend from his cell phone to say he needed help.

"He reached out, he was lost and possibly in the Peacham area and his battery was dead," Sgt. Girouard says.

A dozen state troopers along with members of several local volunteer fire departments spent the night looking for the 33-year-old. Police are concerned for Barrett's safety, saying he was not dressed appropriately to spend the night in the woods. Temperatures dipped into the low 40s.

"He had a t-shirt on and blue jeans," Sgt. Girouard. "Somebody become hypothermic when their core body temperature drops below a certain temperature, that happens and they don't make appropriate decisions or start to get a little delusional it creates a safety issue for themselves."

Troopers say a town employee in Danville spotted Barrett near the Oneida Road late yesterday afternoon. That's the last confirmed sighting of him. The area is heavily wooded. Weather conditions made it impossible to get a helicopter in the air and police have been unable to pinpoint the location where Barrett made the cell phone call for help.

"There's a lot of waterways, a lot of swampy area, there are a lot of roads in the area, so that is optimistic," Sgt. Girourad says.

Anyone who may have seen Trevor Barrett yesterday afternoon or last night is asked to call the Vermont State Police. The search is expected to intensify when the sun rises this morning.

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