Thomas Messick, a Troy resident, was last seen a short distance from Lily Pond Road in Warren County. When he failed to rendezvous with his hunting party in the afternoon, his fellow hunters searched but failed to find him. In subsequent weeks, hundreds of DEC personnel and volunteers combed the woods. In the first ten days, more than 10,000 man-hours were spent on the search.
DEC says the department and its partners have exhausted all reasonable efforts to find Messick and so is downgrading its efforts to a “limited continuous search.”
Nevertheless, local forest rangers and search-and-rescue teams will conduct spot searches and training exercises in the area. State Police helicopters will also periodically search the area, and State Police will investigate any leads relevant to the whereabouts of the missing hunter.
Messick is 5-foot-10 inches and weighs 160 pounds. When last seen, he was wearing a camouflage jacket, coveralls and a red-and-black plaid hat. If you have any information, call DEC Forest Rangers at 518-897-1300.
The search will be reactivated if any leads or evidence of his whereabouts are discovered.
“I appreciate the tremendous effort made by the forest rangers and all the other searchers from various agencies, search-and-rescue teams, fire departments, and individuals in their attempt to locate Mr. Messick,” said DEC Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos. “While we have not yet provided his family with closure, they know and appreciate how hard the searchers worked.”
Photo: Thomas Messick.