Women missing from Topsham area have been found

Feb. 26—A statewide search for longtime friends Kimberly Pushard, 51, of Wiscasset, and Angela Bussell, 50, of Brunswick, ended successfully Sunday after authorities located the two women near Nicatous Lake in East Hancock, an unorganized territory in Hancock County.

The women have intellectual disabilities and can easily become disoriented, according to family and police. Concerns over their whereabouts escalated with each passing day, but on Sunday the women were found.

"It is with great pleasure that we announce the successful conclusion to the search for Kimberly Pushard and Angela Bussell," Topsham Police Chief Marc Hagan said in a news release issued around 5 p.m. Sunday. "Members of the Maine Warden Service are escorting Ms. Pushard and Bussell to awaiting medical services as this announcement is being posted."

Topsham police did not indicate the condition of the women, who since their disappearance Tuesday have had to endure five frigid and snowy nights. Hagan said more information about the women will be released once it becomes available.

The women became lost Tuesday on a trip to the Maine Mall in South Portland. They wound up in Massachusetts — and then spent the evening driving and asking for directions from relatives, a dispatch center and a New Hampshire state trooper. They were last spotted getting gas at Smith's General Store in Springfield on Wednesday morning. Pushard's car — a red 2012 Jeep Compass, license place 1960VC — was later spotted in Lincoln, Maine.