No sign of missing man
ARISTES - The search for Michael E. Kenney concluded for a second day Friday with no sign of the missing jogger.
More than 130 people searched the Roaring Creek Tract of the Weiser State Forest Friday for the 54-year-old Northumberland man, who was reported missing by his family late Wednesday.
Officials tracked his cell phone and located his two-door Honda around 4 a.m. Thursday in a forest parking lot along Route 54 in Coal Township. The car was unlocked with the keys inside and a window rolled down.
He was seen on a surveillance camera at Walmart Supercenter in Coal Township at 5 p.m. Wednesday. He was reportedly last seen jogging on the trails inside the tract.
On Friday, search teams began a grid search of the 8,000-acre tract, which spans eight miles between Routes 54 and 42, with dozens of natural trails leading off into the woods. Teams consisted of four or five people who walked through the woods looking for any clues.
At 1 p.m. Friday, officials with the Weiser Forest District relinquished management of the search to an Incident Management Team with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry. The team is comprised of trained personnel from around the state.
Teams respond to expanding incidents to work with and provide additional assistance to local resources. The district, along with assisting agencies, will continue to be involved in the search.
Plenty of help
Cecile Stelter, public informations officer with the team, said community volunteers are not needed to look for Kenney, although she appreciates the offers of help.
"We have adequate trained personnel that are here today (Friday), Saturday and through the weekend, if needed," Stelter said. "At this time, the search area is confined to officials and trained search personnel."
Park rangers with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) manned both entrances of the state forest. Only authorized vehicles were allowed into the parking lots. The public is asked not to enter the tract.
"It's best to select another area (for recreation) for the next few days," Stelter said.
Due to potential hazards and in the interest of the safety of searchers, no foot searches will be conducted at night; however, law enforcement officers will conduct slow roving patrols throughout the night, occasionally blowing their car horns, then listening for a response.
Kenney was last seen wearing casual business attire, including khakis. He is described as having a thin build, blue eyes and standing 6 feet, 1 inch tall.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call the forestry office at 570-875-6450.