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Kodi Kadeem Beckles. This photo was used in the missing poster issued by lostnmissing.com
Kodi Kadeem Beckles. This photo was used in the missing poster issued by lostnmissing.com

SUNY Plattsburgh student died of "cardio-respiratory arrest"

State Police say a SUNY Plattsburgh student found dead in early April apparently died of natural causes.

Kodi Beckles, age 20, disappeared after going to a late-night party. His body was located in a wooded area on April 7 by a search team organized by Plattsburgh city police.  Go to full article
Donald A. Combs, 84 of Sauquoit has been located. Mr. Combs had been missing for several days.

84-year-old hiker found alive in Adirondacks after search

New York State Police and New York State Forest Rangers say an elderly hiker missing since last Thursday has been located alive in the southern Adirondacks.

"Donald A. Combs, 84 of Sauquoit has been located," the release confirmed. "Mr. Combs had been missing for several days."

According to the Rome Sentinel newspaper, Coombs was last seen on Thursday of last week. He was hiking in the Black River Wild Forest.

The search for Coombs began on Sunday.

Local media report that Donald Combs of Sauquoit in central New York was located Thursday by search dogs about a mile and a half from a family camp site.  Go to full article
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

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