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Forest Ranger Captain John Streiff during a press conference announcing discovery of McKay's body.  (Photo:  Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, used with permission)
Forest Ranger Captain John Streiff during a press conference announcing discovery of McKay's body. (Photo: Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, used with permission)

Missing Australian found near Ray Brook, took own life

An intensive, nearly two-week search in the Adirondacks for a missing Australian soldier ended Wednesday when a state forest ranger found Paul McKay's body on Scarface Mountain near Ray Brook.

An autopsy released Thursday found McKay committed suicide by hypothermia.

The 31-year-old Australian Army captain was a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

While the search for McKay is over, as Chris Knight reports, there are still many unanswered surrounding his disappearance.  Go to full article
Paul McKay, a member of the Australian Army, was last seen in Ray Brook on Dec. 31. This is one of several photos posted on his Facebook page four days before he disappeared.
Paul McKay, a member of the Australian Army, was last seen in Ray Brook on Dec. 31. This is one of several photos posted on his Facebook page four days before he disappeared.

Search expands for missing Australian

State forest rangers are expanding the primary search area for an Australian soldier who's been missing in the Adirondacks for two weeks.

A person fitting Paul McKay's description was last seen walking east toward Lake Placid on the railroad tracks near the federal prison in Ray Brook, carrying a large backpack and wearing a winter jacket and snowpants. That was around noon Dec. 31, two days after McKay flew to the U.S. from Australia.  Go to full article
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.
Photo: provided

Police seek Australian missing from Saranac Lake

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.  Go to full article

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Authorities say Young, age 44, liked to hike in the Adirondacks (Photo distributed by State Police)
Authorities say Young, age 44, liked to hike in the Adirondacks (Photo distributed by State Police)

Missing woman's body found near Inlet

Forest rangers in the Adirondacks have found the body of a Central New York woman who went missing last Friday. 44-year-old Kerry Young was found near the town of Inlet yesterday, following a two-day search that involved helicopters and more than fifty people. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Have you seen Gary Sklaryk?
Have you seen Gary Sklaryk?

Search expands for Saranac lake man

Authorities are tracking down a handful of leads as the search continues for a missing Saranac Lake man. Gary Sklaryk hasn't been seen or heard from since early Sunday morning.

Sklaryk is six feet tall and weighs 120 pounds. He has brown eyes, brown hair, a beard and mustache, and was last seen wearing a blue and gray plaid hooded sweatshirt, gray corduroy pants and black slippers

Anyone with information about Sklaryk's whereabouts is asked to contact the Saranac Lake Police Department at 518-891-4422.

As Chris Knight reports, police don't have much to go on, despite an appeal to the public for help.  Go to full article
Wesley Wamganz, age 22
Wesley Wamganz, age 22

Search for Saranac Lake man scaled back

State officials say the search for Wesley Wamsganz is being scaled back this week after more than nine days of intensive effort.

Wamsganz, who is 22 years old, was last seen on November 20th in the Adirondack High Peaks. His Carhart jacket was found on a trail near Marcy Dam. But crews of volunteers, tracking dogs, and a state police helicopter found no additional sign of Wamsganz.

In the days since, temperatures in the mountains have plunged into the single digits, with high winds, freezing rain and snow. Last night, Forest Ranger Capt. John Streif met with the Wamsganz family. He informed them that the large-scale effort to find their son was being suspended.

A short time later, Captain Streif spoke by telephone with Brian Mann from the Adirondack Loj, which was the headquarters for the search.  Go to full article
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

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.  Go to full article

Police, Forest Rangers find body of missing Lake Clear woman

An Adirondack woman missing since the weekend was found dead yesterday after an intensive search north of Saranac Lake. State police haven't yet disclosed the cause of death, or said whether the incident is being considered suspicious. Chris Morris has details.  Go to full article

The missing men of the "Indian Lake triangle"

The vast forests and river valleys around Indian Lake in Hamilton County offer some of the wildest and most beautiful country in the Adirondacks. But that sparsely-settled region can also be dangerous. Since 2006, three men have disappeared near Indian Lake. The most recent vanished this fall. Some officials have taken to calling the area the "Indian Lake Triangle." As Jacob Resneck reports, forest rangers charged with patrolling the area downplay the idea of any mystery. They say some visitors simply aren't prepared for the rugged, remote terrain.  Go to full article

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