Woohoo! As the previous cacher indicated, this cache IS indeed there, and it is in perfect working order. The log isn't even damp! I was unable to sign the log because BOTH of my pens ran out of ink , so I emailed the owner with a detailed description of the (very clever) cache container, hide style, and a couple of pictures of the cache.
When I arrived at the area, I knew I had to be somewhere close. Before going to the place where I thought the cache was hidden, I decided to just stop and look for a bit... hmm... looking, looking... say, what's that?... THAT doesn't quite look like it belongs there! So I popped over to the area, and wouldn't you know it, the cache! Yes! It felt great to find a cache which had received so many DNF's... it helped to boost my geocache-ego, so to speak.
PETTECH, you can totally remove the "Needs Maintenance" tag and re-enable this cache. It is there! It is great! It's not even wet!
Thanks for a teriffic cache! It brought me to an area I've never been to before!