NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — The Northborough hiker who was found along the border of Massachusetts and New York last week will not face charges, despite initial indications from police that they were a possibility.
Kyle Pember, 28, was hiking with his father, Northborough Planning Board member George Pember, around the area of Bash Bish Falls in Copake, N.Y., on Oct. 8 when the two became separated. Police from both states searched the area through the next evening, at which point Pember got a phone call through to his father, saying he was cold, scared and possibly hurt and that he 'wanted to come out,'" according to the police report.
Police were able to determine the coordinates of Pember's cell phone and find him shortly after. According to police, "He appeared to be cold, hungry, but uninjured."
"We feel he was in the woods on his own accord," said Capt. David Bartlett of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement division. "He may have got turned around, but he indicated someone might have been looking for him."
Ultimately, Bartlett said, police do not believe Pember violated any New York statutes while he was missing, and will not face charges.