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  • Canton man missing on NPT trail

    "Forest rangers are searching the High Peaks Wilderness today for a 58-year-old Larry White, a Canton man who went missing while hiking on the Northville-Placid Trail."

    http://adirondackdailyenterprise.com....html?nav=5047
    We are closer now than we were five minutes ago

  • #2
    Anyone know a phone # to call to volunteer for a search?

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    • #3
      He's been found as reported by his daughter on facebooks NPT page
      Last edited by Alpine1; 08-15-2013, 06:04 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by dundee View Post
        Anyone know a phone # to call to volunteer for a search?
        Volunteer SAR was not activated on this search, except possibly for a few select specialized individuals. Typically the rangers handle the first shift by themselves or with other law enforcement officers only, unless there are critical circumstances. You can imagine that they can do their work and search for clues better without a lot of people trampling the area. When they have done that without success, then it is time for reinforcements, selectively activating certain teams as needed.

        If you want to be included in those searches, you should really join a formal SAR team to get the proper training. While local folk or friends and relatives of the missing person do often show up for the larger searches, without minimal training it can be difficult for them (or for those who are trained) to be of much efficient use, and frankly they can be more problem than they are worth.

        If you really are interested, I recommend visiting the NYSFEDSAR web page, where you can find a local search team near you to contact. That is the umbrella state-wide organization that manages formal volunteer searches at the request of DEC or other agencies. Most teams are always looking for dedicated volunteers to join.

        Last edited by Nessmuk; 08-15-2013, 07:53 PM.
        "Leave the beaten track behind occasionally and dive into the woods. Every time you do you will be certain to find something you have never seen before." - Alexander Graham Bell

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        • #5
          As a member of a SAR team that covers the ADKs, one thing I've learned is the search area must be handled very carefully, with skilled, trained personnel, as Nessmuk notes well. The urgency for untrained people to just head out there and look w/o coordination by state officials is understood but in the end can make matters worse. I remember reading in the book "At The Mercy If The Mountains" the case of a young fellow who went missing in the winter (around Indan Falls, I think) and people went in to try and search for him before authorities from DEC could take control. The man went missing for decades. One official noted that if the area wasn't trampled by so many prior to them being engaged, the fellows tracks may have been more apparent and a greater likelihood of him being found.
          We are closer now than we were five minutes ago

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          • #6
            He was found and the Adirondack Daily had this story posted today Friday 8/16.

            http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise....html?nav=5046

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            • #7
              Glad he was found and is ok!

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