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22-year-old Wesley Wamsganz was last seen on Saturday
22-year-old Wesley Wamsganz was last seen on Saturday

Thanksgiving search turns up no new clues

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Roughly thirty searchers spent another disappointing day in the High Peaks yesterday, trying to find 22-year-old Wesley Wamsganz.

The Saranac Lake man disappeared on Saturday and was last spotted by witnesses near a trailhead at the Adirondack Loj.

Brian Mann has our update.

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Speaking last night, forest ranger Julie Harjung said teams of searchers spent much of Thanksgiving patrolling the web of trails in the high peaks area. 

“We wanted to make sure he isn’t just out walking somewhere outside of our search effort,” she said. 

In all, forest rangers and members of the Wamsganz family covered about fifty miles of trail, according to Harjung. 

A State Police helicopter also flew a handful of missions, but was hampered by high winds over the mountains.

The effort turned up no sign of the missing man, and no clues as to where he may have gone.  On Sunday, searchers did find Wamsganz’s Carhart jacket on a trail between Marcy Dam and Lake Colden. 

The search will resume this morning, with search teams once again doing meticulous searches of wooded, off-trail areas. 

The effort will be complicated by snow and freezing rain, which is expected through the day. 

Harjung says the searchers can use volunteers today, but anyone showing up at the Adirondack Loj to help will need to be prepared with proper winter backcountry gear. 

Anyone not safely equipped will be turned away, Harjung says.

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