I don't see anybody. I'm really scared. It's really dark and we've got a three-week-old baby with us. Those are the words of a Massachusetts woman who frantically called 911 after she became lost ... in a local corn maze.
We thought this would be fun. Instead, it's a nightmare, she added. I don't know what made us do this. It was daytime when we came in. And I never take my daughter out. This is the first time. Never again!
The woman and her family were treated to an early Halloween scare as they desperately searched for an exit to the labyrinth of corn stalks.
The Haunted Corn Field proved a little too spooky for the family of four who found themselves corn-fused and stuck in the depths of the maze as the sunset.
The Danvers Police reported that at 6:32 p.m. they received a 911 call from the family (mother, father, a 5-year-old, and a 3-month-old), while lost in the corn maze.
A Police K-9 unit responded to the frantic 911 call and found the family of four just 25 feet from freedom.
Many corn maze costumers were surprised to see the police there since you and hear cars and see tree lines that guide you in the proper direction. You can also use your cell phone at certain points to get hints of which way to go.
Police Sergeant Robert Bettencourt said he'd never heard of police responding to such a call before.
The Connors Farm Corn Maze in Danvers, Mass., whose theme this year is Salem Village - Headless Horseman, taunts visitors to enter if you dare! The maze is one of the biggest around and takes, on average, 45 minutes to complete.
According to the farm's manager, Richard Potter, staff members had not left the farm when the family called the police and knew that there were people still in the maze. Staff members did not hear any cries for help.
We want to have positive family experiences here, Potter told Reuters. We don't want anybody to go through what they went through.
Farm owner Bob Conner told the TODAY show that anyone is welcome to push their way through the corn and leave the maze.
We had a few people who got a bit lost last year but they found their way out, Connor said. There is no wire or fence around the maze, so if they really want or need to get out all they have to do is listen for the sound of traffic and they can always make their way through the corn rows to the road.
When asked about the family's corn-nundrum, Connor said that they were truly very nice people.
We offered for them to come back on us and try the maze again - but I think they had enough.
Connor, whose farm is located in Massachusetts North Shore, reiterated that getting lost in the maze is kind of the point. In a press release sent out in September announcing the grand opening of this year's maze, he wrote:
Send out the search parties - thousands will soon be lost on the North Shore.
Calls to Connors Farm went unanswered and were not returned by the time of publication.
Here's full transcript of the 911 call:
Woman in tears: Hi, I just called. I'm still stuck at Connors Farms. I don't see anybody. I'm really scared. It's really dark and we've got a 3-week-old.
Police Officer: Your husband is with you?
Woman: Yes. But my baby ...
Police Officer: A police officer is on the way. Can you put your husband on the phone?
Husband: I see lights over there at the place, but we can't get there, we're smack right in the middle of the corn field.
Woman: I don't know what made us do this, it was daytime when we came in, we thought if we came in someone would come in and find us... We can hear [the police officers]... Oh, my goodness. The mosquitoes are eating us alive, and I never took my daughter out, this is the first time. Never again.
Woman: This is embarrassing.