Plymouth: Duxbury State Police helicopter pilot plays pivotal role in locating missing Freetown hiker

One Duxbury man has flown more missions than he can even remember as a pilot for the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing. He is Trooper Rick Boulas, a State Police Air-Wing Helicopter Pilot and Duxbury resident.

Trooper Boulas was on-duty earlier this week when the request for a state police helicopter to assist in the search for missing female hiker in her mid 20s, came into their hangar at the Plymouth Airport.

Boulas says he and his Tactical Flight officer Mark Costa scrambled, and within seven minutes were hovering over the woman in a 5,400-acre state forest located between the communities of Freetown and Fall River.

Trooper Costa says they innitially made contact with the woman over her cell phone, just minutes after arriving on scene. The crew, which had some trouble getting out of the woods, removed the woman from the woods with ATV’s.

Steven Dodrill spoke with Trooper Boulas and has this:


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About Steven Dodrill

Steven Dodrill left the WATD news team in 2013. "Follow" him on Twitter At Franklin Pierce, Steven worked to introduce new forms of media like YouTube, and Twitter to the Franklin Pierce community.  Steven graduated Cum Laude and with honors in Mass Communication from Franklin Pierce University in May of 2009. Steven focused his education and experience in New Hampshire around sports broadcasting, digital media, broadcast journalism, news, media production, and political reporting. "Like" him on Facebook Dodrill also interned with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League during the summer of 2007, and most recently in the spring of 2009 he completed an internship in the newsroom at WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH.