The search for Carl Weaver continued over the weekend with no positive results, according to Schoharie County Sheriff Anthony Desmond. The 77-year-old hunter from Seward has been missing since Monday.
Desmond estimated that 50 acres were covered on foot and by ATV during the weekend. A state police helicopter has also been deployed since Thursday during favorable weather.
Crews are searching a 700-acre wooded area in Delaware County near Harpersfield, where Weaver's snow-covered truck was found Wednesday. A mobile command post has been set up near his vehicle.
More than 200 people were involved in search parties this weekend, including Schoharie and Delaware County sheriff's deputies and volunteer firefighters from surrounding counties, Desmond said. State forest rangers, Department of Environmental Conservation police, New York State Federated Search and Rescue Team, officers from the state Office of Fire Prevention Control and Office of Emergency Management from Schoharie and Delaware counties were all involved, Desmond said.
Desmond said the search will continue Monday morning.
The tree-covered terrain is steep and rugged, according to Desmond. The area in Harpersfield is a popular spot for hunters, who get permission from land owners to hunt on the private property, he said.
The temperature has been below freezing every night since Weaver went missing. He was last seen wearing an orange cap, blue jeans and a camouflage jacket, police said
Officials said he is 5-feet-10-inches tall, around 175 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes.
Erin Jerome, staff writer, may be reached at (607) 441-7221, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @DS_ErinJ .