Rangers Searching For Missing Hiker In Catskills

The state Department of Conservation is conducting a search in the Catskills for a sixty-year-old man who has been missing since Tuesday. Following is a news release from the department:

DEC Statement

More than a dozen DEC Forest Rangers, a DEC K-9 Unit, a New York State Police aviation unit helicopter with infrared camera, four K-9 units from the NYS Federation of Search and Rescue teams and volunteer firefighters from six area fire departments are conducting an ongoing search for Mr. Wayne Lamicela, a 60-year-old male from town of Middletown, NY, Delaware County.

On Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at approximately 11 a.m. the subject left his residence on Dry Brook Road in the town of Middletown, Delaware County. It is believed that he intended to hike in the Big Indian Wilderness Area. At approximately 6:28 p.m. Delaware County 911 reported that he called for assistance. The subject stated he was lost so Delaware County 911 contacted DEC Dispatch.

Photos and additional description are available in the attached brochure.  Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of the subject is asked to call 845-586-4419.

Updates on the search will be provided as they become available.

About Phil Brown

Phil Brown edited the Adirondack Explorer from 1999 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to explore the park and to write for the publication and website.

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