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April 3, 2013

Man on unusually long walk taken back home

SALISBURY — A 67-year-old Attleboro man, claiming to be walking home, was picked up by state police in Salisbury Sunday night on the breakdown lane of Interstate 495 south.

According to police, the man had been a part-time resident at a Thomaston, Maine, boarding house and slipped out of the facility earlier to begin what would have a 224-mile trek between the coastal Maine town and southern Massachusetts. By car, the trip would take almost four hours without traffic delays.

The man, identified as Hazen O’Claire, was picked up by state troopers in Newbury around 7 p.m. Sunday after the barracks received numerous 911 calls from concerned motorists. A call to the facility’s manager confirmed O’Claire was a voluntary resident who has walked away from the boarding house several times in the past.

O’Claire was given a ride up to the New Hampshire border, where state police in that state shuttled him up to the Maine border. There, a Maine state trooper picked him up and drove him back to the facility.

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