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Search for Seth Kilburn continues

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The search for 34-year-old Seth A. Kilburn picked up steam on Wednesday, with volunteers and law enforcement officials joining forces to check big swaths of land and water in and around Lake Placid.

Kilburn was last seen leaving Wiseguys bar in Lake Placid early Sunday morning. Village police have since received word that he was seen shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday on Sentinel Road near Lisa G's restaurant, walking in the direction of the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex.

Kilburn was reported missing by his parents early Monday morning.

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Chris Morris
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Lake Placid police Chief Bill Moore says at this point, there’s no reason to believe foul play is involved in Kilburn’s disappearance.

A command post has been established at the Lake Placid firehouse. State EnCon officers had three boats searching various waterways throughout the day Wednesday, including Mirror Lake, Mill Pond and the north side of Lake Placid.

Firefighters and volunteers led ground searches throughout the community.

Moore called the on-the-ground effort a “Type 1 search”: “It’s kind of a loosely based search where you’re going to be kind of walking around and yelling his name and just looking for him.”

Moore says Kilburn was last seen near Lisa G’s restaurant on Sentinel Road. Volunteers checked there, as well as River Road, the Lake Placid Cemetery, and trails near the Lake Placid Club Golf Course and the Cascade Acres trailer park.

“We still believe that he’s in that area,” Moore said. “Maybe it will turn out that he’s not, but the highest probability, from what everybody explains to me, is that he’s probably within a mile of his own residence. So we’re going to go off that premise and where he was last seen, and work from there.”

Two of Kilburn’s cousins, Shawn Kilburn and Marion Ward, searched the Sentinel Road area Wednesday, stopping occasionally to check out the backyards of empty houses and inspect wooded areas.

Shawn says his cousin’s disappearance is out of character. He adds that the Lake Placid community has been supportive. “Everybody has been out; everybody has been good,” he said. “His friends have been out every day and night, getting back late at night. They’ve been everywhere.”

Searchers were scheduled to reconvene at the fire station this morning.

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