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March 21, 2014

Search for missing Maine man continues today in Merrimac

MERRIMAC — Emergency responders from across the North Shore will return to the Merrimac Town Forest this morning at 9 to continue their search for a Maine man reported missing by authorities there three days ago.

The search for Edward Casazza Jr., 49, of Westbrook, Maine, began yesterday around noon when his white 2008 Toyota Corolla was located by police in the Sweetsir School parking lot off Church Street. A check of the license plate told police that it belonged to the missing man.

Merrimac police Chief Eric Shears said police began with a search around and inside the school before expanding the search to the Merrimac Town Forest.

In addition to local police, units from the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, state police helicopters, Department of Conservation and Recreation officials and the Salisbury police K-9 unit were among those assisting in the search.

Shears said police are still investigating why Casazza parked his car at the school but added that Casazza grew up in Merrimac and still has ties to the community.

“He is missing and we are searching the town forest for him,” Shears said.

Yesterday’s search, which began around noon, was hampered slightly by many fallen trees and unmarked trails.

A command post was established near the intersection of Church and Winter streets.

By mid-afternoon, Casazza’s car had been towed from the lot.

Anyone with information regarding Casazza’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Merrimac Police Department at 978-346-8321.

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