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Search expanded for missing Vt. man

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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 morning.

"He simply disappeared -- and we don't have any leads pointing us in a direction," said Capt. Donald Patch of the Vermont State Police.

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.

Vermont State Police: 802-773-9101

Granville N.Y. Police: 518-642-1414

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