Dogs help search for missing jogger
ARISTES - Dogs trained to detect the presence of human scent on water joined the search Saturday for a Northumberland man missing since late Wednesday.
Land and water searches of the Roaring Creek Tract of the Weiser State Forest concluded Saturday with no more clues to the whereabouts of 54-year-old Michael Kenney.
Cecile Stelter, public information officer with an Incident Management Team with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, said scent dogs and a state police helicopter were used Saturday to search all three reservoirs inside the state forest, which spans eight miles between Routes 54 and 42.
Trained personnel and volunteers were also in the process Saturday of completing a grid search in the area surrounding a forest parking lot, along Route 54 in Coal Township, where Kenney's vehicle was located early Thursday. The grid search covers about 1/3 of the 8,000-acre forest. Other searchers continued to scour the rest of the forest and sections of private land that border the property.
"Nothing was found, as far as I know, last night or today," Stelter said Saturday afternoon. "The trails were searched again and the width of the search area along the trails was expanded."
Last seen jogging
Officers had requested Kenney's cellphone to be pinged earlier this week, which led them to his Honda. The vehicle was unlocked and had a window rolled down with the phone and car keys inside.
Kenney was seen on a surveillance camera at Walmart Supercenter in Coal Township at 5 p.m. Wednesday. He was last seen jogging on the trails inside the tract; however, a clothing description could not be obtained.
Stelter said his family last saw him wearing a yellow polo shirt and khakis. He is described as having a thin build, blue eyes and standing 6 feet, 1 inch tall.
According to a press release from the Bureau of Forestry, the Kenney family would like to extend their appreciation to everyone who has offered support, prayers and assistance with the search. The family also appreciates the outpouring of care and encouragement from students and others associated with the Shikellamy School District and the Emmanuel Bible Fellowship Church.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call the forestry office at 570-875-6450.