Sheriff: Local hunter, 77, is still missing

Weaver

The search continues for 77-year-old Carl Weaver of Seward, a hunter who was reported missing by a neighbor Tuesday morning, according to Schoharie County Sheriff Anthony Desmond.

Desmond said Weaver was last seen Sunday at a McDonald’s in Cobleskill, where he told an employee he was going hunting.

That McDonald’s employee is also Weaver’s neighbor, according to Lt. David Pachan, a forest ranger with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Desmond said a missing-person report was filed Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. when the neighbor noticed Weaver never came home.

Pachan said a logger discovered Weaver’s truck, blanketed with snow, on Wednesday at the intersection of Titus Hill Road and South Worcester Road in Delaware County. Pachan said it was a spot in which Weaver was known to hunt.

Pachan said as of 4 p.m. Friday search parties have returned no evidence of his whereabouts. The search will resume in the morning and end at dusk.

“We will go until we find him, or until we’ve exhausted all possibilities,” Pachan said.

On Friday, Pachan said there were 96 people in the search party from the NYS Forest Rangers, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Schoharie and Delaware Sheriffs’ offices, NYS Federated Search and Rescue Team, officers from the NYS Office of Fire Prevention Control, Office of Emergency Management from Schoharie and Delware counties, as well as multiple fire department volunteers. He said he expects more people to join the search party during the weekend.

A state police search-and-rescue helicopter was deployed Thursday and Friday, and will be used through the weekend, weather permitting.

The wooded area being searched where Weaver’s truck was found near Harpersfield covers 700 acres in Delaware County, Pachan said. A mobile command post has been set up near Weaver’s vehicle. Desmond estimated that 60 square miles have been searched as of Friday.

Desmond said that Weaver had some health issues but he declined to disclose the nature of them. Weaver has relatives in the area but they are asking not to be contacted by media, Desmond said.

As of 9:30 p.m. Friday night, Weaver had not been found. The temperatures at night have been below freezing every night since he went missing.

Officials said he is 5-feet-10-inches, around 175 pounds with grey hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing an orange cap, blue jeans and a camouflage jacket.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office at (518) 295-8114.

Whitney Bashaw, staff writer, can be reached at (607) 441-7218 or wbashaw@thedailystar.com

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