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February 11, 2013

Extensive search for local man missing since Thursday

GEORGETOWN - More than a dozen local, state and environmental police are among those searching the Crane Pond Reservation area this afternoon for a 67-year-old man reported missing last Thursday. 

Georgetown police Chief James Mulligan said police received a call from the man's wife Thursday at around 6:30 p.m. saying he left their house and had not returned. Police, who wouldn't release the name of the man or his address, were able to track his last known location to the multi-acre recreational area after accessing his cellphone.

"We're looking for a missing person right now, that's all we know. The only reason we're going out there is that ping," Mulligan said. 

After coordinating with other departments last night, Georgetown police and others began their search around 10 a.m. Rescue personnel were transported to the reservation area via a state police snow track vehicle. The state police has also dispatched two K-9 units to aid in the search. 

Mulligan said search conditions are difficult thanks to nearly 2 feet of snow that fell over the weekend and a biting rain that began pelting the region starting this morning. The search will continue, he said, until emergency units have exhausted all options. Mulligan did say the man and his wife live together in a home near Crane Pond. 

"They're literally looking for a needle in a haystack," Mulligan said. "We're concerned about the welfare of this person, that's why we've pulled out all the stops."

The Crane Pond area, replete with nature trails and densely wooded terrain, is located in a remote corner of Georgetown near the Byfield border. About a dozen law enforcement vehicles were seen parked alongside Thurlow Street, a narrow secluded road that intersects North Street and connects with Byfield Road. Traffic has been reduced to one lane during the search. 

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