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Frantic search in Adirondacks for missing Australian soldier

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SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. -

It has been almost two weeks since Australian soldier Paul McKay was last seen. Police and forest rangers in the Adirondack region are doing everything they can to find him.

"His family is who reported him missing. He didn't relay to his family or notify anybody in his family that he was coming to the U.S. They had no idea he was traveling to the U.S. and it was kind of out of character for him to leave the area and not let his parents know where he was going," Saranac Lake Police Chief Bruce Nason said.

According to an eyewitness, McKay was last seen on the border of Ray Brook and Saranac Lake. Search parties will be expanding their ground efforts in the coming days.

"Many law enforcement agencies throughout New York State, some from Pennsylvania and New Jersey have been looking into where Paul may be," Nason said.

Investigators say it's possible McKay may have disappeared on purpose. McKay's family told authorities he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

"The email he sent his father leads us to believe he didn't plan on returning," Nason explained.

Whether he disappeared on purpose or not, the search radius continues to grow as crews try to find the missing soldier.

New York state forest rangers say as of Wednesday there is no sign of McKay or other evidence of his presence.

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