An intensive hours-long search in a wooded area in Glen Rock on Thursday failed to find a borough man who went missing Wednesday morning, but officers later found surveillance video that shows the man walking through the center of town, police said.
Southern Regional Police Chief Jim Boddington said police and search crews from Pennsylvania and Maryland, plus seven or eight tracking dogs, "thoroughly" searched the area off Church Street and near Glen Rock Cemetery.
"Without a shadow of a doubt we secured that whole area," he said. "There's not a rabbit or deer left in the area. We chased them all out. There were whitetails everywhere."
But despite a search that lasted until a little after dark, no sign was found of 53-year-old Thomas Augustyniak, who lives in the area.
At the same time Thursday, York County park rangers and a Southern Regional officer searched the York County Heritage Rail Trail from Freeland, Md., to Seven Valleys, Boddington said.
On video: That's because officers found surveillance video from a borough business in which Augustyniak can be seen walking south on Main Street toward the Rail Trail about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, the chief said.
"Bloodhounds picked up the scent on the Rail Trail, but lost it," he said. "He was definitely on the Rail Trail."
That was not Augustyniak's normal walking route, the chief said.
He had minor, non-invasive surgery three weeks ago, had no other medical conditions and no history of depression, according to Boddington. There's no evidence at this point to suggest the man might have been suicidal, the chief said.
Note left: "All indications were he was going to go for a walk and be right back," Boddington said. Augustyniak left a note to that effect, with a smiley face on it, he said.
At this point, Augustyniak has been entered in a national law-enforcement database as a missing person. His family has put up posters around the borough and police have notified all local hospitals, the chief said.
"We're keeping our fingers crossed and hoping for the best," he said.
It was about 6 a.m. Wednesday when Augustyniak grabbed his cigarettes and lighter, but left behind his car keys, cellphone and wallet, according to police. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue jacket and white leather sneakers.
Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911, or call Southern Regional Police at (717) 235-3944.
-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.