Day four of
a missing Vermont man and still no sign of him on Tuesday. But
investigators say they did uncover a new clue. Jonathan Schaff's
cellphone was found in an abandoned vehicle, and that could give
investigators a piece of the puzzle. As the search for the Fair Haven
man continues, many in town where Schaff went missing, say the
community is on edge.
"A lot of people out there are looking for him. It's a sad
situation," said Granville N.Y. resident Ernie Wood.
Wood says people aren't giving up on finding 23-year-old Jonathan
Schaff. Police say the Fair Haven man was last seen early Saturday
"He simply disappeared -- and we don't have any leads
pointing us in a direction," said Capt. Donald Patch of the Vermont
Granville police say Schaff left the Riverside Pub around 4:30
Saturday morning after getting into an altercation at the bar. Police
say he had parked a vehicle just over the Vermont boarder and was
last seen walking back on Route 149 towards the car with two friends.
"During the day on Monday and during the day today we
conducted ground searches of the area. We covered the roadways that
he would likely walk on -- if he did cross the border on 149 -- for
up to five miles," said Patch
Vermont and New York Police are working together and called upon
the Vermont National Guard for a helicopter search on Tuesday.
Although the ground and air searches were unable to locate Schaff --
police say they did find his cellphone.
"It was located in an abandoned vehicle at the Loomis
Trucking -- which is where the car was that they were walking to that
evening to go home," said Patch.
Captain Patch says police will be scaling back on searches -- to
focus more energy on interviews and investigation. For many locals
like Ernie Wood they are hoping for the best, but fearing the worst.
"Everybody is worried about him -- it's kind of a bad
situation. There has been an extensive search for him -- but no
results yet. They are finding clues every day -- but it's looking
more and more bleak all the time," said Wood.
Police say although Schaff was last seen Saturday Morning -- he
wasn't reported missing until Monday morning when he didn't show up
to work. Officials say at this point, there is nothing to indicate
his disappearance is suspicious. If you know anything about his
whereabouts -- you are asked to call police.
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