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Reported missing hiker turns into potential drug bust in Kent

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A search for a missing hiker in Kent turned into a potential drug bust. (WFSB) A search for a missing hiker in Kent turned into a potential drug bust. (WFSB)
KENT, CT (WFSB) -

A search for a missing hiker in Kent turned into a potential drug bust, according environmental officials.

State police and officers from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection investigated reports that a woman went missing overnight.

However, DEEP said it turned out to be a man from California who had drugs.

Campers at a site on Wednesday saw someone put down a backpack and walk away, according to Cyndy Chanaca of DEEP. As of daylight on Thursday, the person had not returned.

The person's equipment was found in the shelter near the Appalachian Trail.

The search is focused near the Stewart Hollow shelter which is right next to the Housatonic River and Kent Falls State Park.

K9 units from both agencies were said to be aiding in the search, according to DEEP.

They eventually found someone with a similar description on the Trail.

When they confronted him, however, he ran and jumped into the Housatonic River.

DEEP and state police were able to apprehend him.

Troopers took him in to be processed.

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