DEC announces search for hunter may extend to weekend

HORICON, NY (NEWS 10) – The DEC on Thursday sent out a call for volunteers to assist in finding an 82-year-old man who has been lost since Sunday.

According to the DEC, Thomas Messick was scheduled to meet up with other members of a hunting party at 4:30 but never arrived.

Forest Rangers are requesting trained search volunteers, especially members of volunteer fire departments that have taken a basic wildlands search skills course, to report to the Horicon Fire Department early on Saturday to participate in a 7:00 a.m. briefing.

Volunteers should be self-sufficient and be prepared to spend the entire daylight period in remote settings and inclement weather. The Horicon Fire Department is located at 6589 State Route 8, Brant Lake, NY, approximately 4 miles east of Exit 25 of the Northway (I-87).

Messick is 5″10′, 160lbs. He was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket, coveralls and a red & black plaid hat. If you have any information, please call the DEC Forest Rangers at 518-897-1300.

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