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Saranac Lake police are looking for Paul McKay, seen here in August 2013.<br />Photo: provided
Saranac Lake police are looking for Paul McKay, seen here in August 2013.
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Police seek Australian missing from Saranac Lake

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Police in the Saranac Lake area are asking for the public's help in their search for a missing Australian man. 31 year-old Paul McKay was last seen leaving a Saranac Lake hotel on Dec. 31.

He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and had left all his belongings to his father.

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Chris Knight
Adirondack Correspondent

McKay had spent one night at the Best Western Mountain Lake Inn hotel after flying to the U.S. from Australia and then traveling to the Adirondacks by bus. It’s unclear why he came to Saranac Lake, according to village Police Chief Bruce Nason. 

Nason said his department started looking for McKay after they were contacted by his father, who had received an email from his son that was sent from the hotel. 

In the email, McKay told his father he was giving him all his possessions and shared some financial information that led police to believe he didn’t plan on going back, Nason said. 

There was nothing in the email that indicates McKay may be despondent, the chief said, but police have learned that he suffers from PTSD. A veteran of the Australian military, McKay had served in combat in Afghanistan and was still enlisted at the time he came to the U.S. 

A hotel employee saw McKay leave around 10:45 a.m. on the 31st. After police issued a missing person notice, another person reported seeing McKay walking east on Lake Flower Avenue or state Route 86, toward Lake Placid, around the same time, wearing a large backpack. 

He is 6 feet, 1 inch tall, weighs 170 pounds, has brown hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information as to McKay's whereabouts is asked to call Saranac Lake police at 518-891-4428.


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